Movie Review – The Hitman’s Bodyguard

Hitman's BodyguardThe Hitman’s Bodyguard is an action adventure comedy featuring Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds. And you would be surprised, there really is not much violence and swearing…who am I kidding, this is a Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds film, you will get everything you expect. However, the movie also has some poignant messages about life in general.

The story centers around a hitman, Darius Kincaid (played by Jackson), who is in custody and needs to be escorted from the UK to The Hague in the Netherlands to testify against a dictator Vladislav Dukhovich (played by Gary Oldman). However, a traitor from within Interpol sets up the protection detail and they get slaughtered down to almost the last officer.

The surviving officer, Amelia Roussel (played by Elodie Yung) was previously involved with a protection agent who has fallen from grace, Michael Bryce (played by Reynolds). She brings in Michael to help her get Darius to The Hague before the deadline for testimony passes.

The bulk of the movie involves competing agendas between Michael and Darius and the comedy that ensues from that conflict. I found myself laughing throughout the movie (as did the rest of the audience in the theater). Additionally, there is also a mentee / mentor relationship where Darius helps open Michael’s eyes to a different world view than the one he had been so certain of at the start of the film.

If you take the movie for what it is, a fun (and sometimes a little over the top) flick featuring a couple of unabashedly vulgar men kicking asses and one teaching the other to not take himself too seriously, you’ll enjoy the film.  I give The Hitman’s Bodyguard 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Campaign Log: 1.07 – Arrangement of Death

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GevtonThe adventure continued last Wednesday at Pawn & Pint. Rocks had been acquired, but those who were looking for the party to provide swords were not fooled. In fact, several members of the party had grown worried that they had made some powerful enemies and death might be a real threat.

With the City Watch departing to leave the holy warriors to deal with the body hanging from the rafters in the barn, Wilby joins the others from where he had been watching. Immediately he suggests:

It may be time to arrange your deaths.

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Campaign Log: 1.06 – A box of rocks

Campaign Log

Campaign MapThe prior Wednesday at Pawn & Pint a portion of the party almost turned pirate. The temptation remained great, but with none of them actually knowing how to sail a ship, the odds were stacked against them. Instead, they turned the ship and goods over to The Crown and to Felis.

Last Wednesday, in the sixth session of the campaign, we will see how much attention the team has drawn to themselves. If they have gained the notice of powerful people, what is likely to be the result?

Additionally, without Iolaus’ moral compass to steer them along a path to honor Felis, what other trouble might they see. The holy warriors’ abandonment might make room in the party for a barbarian pirate more familiar with the god Denar.

The night Howl, Gemma, and Simon drop off the ship, Wilby and Rowan manage to make it back into Antar and the party is able to rest in their normal accommodations, either in the temple’s barracks, or The City Watches’ barracks. The sailors from The Urkack that went free use the money they took from the ship and find a nice room in the city.

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