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The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard – Review

The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard – Budget Unknown – 1 hour and 40 minutes

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After graduating from therapy, Michael takes a much-needed vacation from bodyguarding and goes to Italy.  As he sits and listens to music, Sonia Kincaid rips off his headphones and pulls him out of the line of fire.  She tells Michael that her husband, Darius, took a job on their honeymoon, and thugs kidnapped Darius.  Before the kidnapping, Darius told Sonia to get help from Michael.  When Michael tries to explain that he is on sabbatical, Sonia slaps him across the face.  Michael and Sonia go on a bloody mission and find Darius with mobster Carlos.  But seeing Michael shocks Darius.  Sonia misunderstood his instructions; he wanted her to get anyone but Michael.  The group fights their way out of Carlos’s headquarters, but they are ambushed and dragged into a van.  Agent Bobby pulls the bag off their heads and tells Sonia, Michael, and Darius that they messed up his mission.  Carlos was Bobby’s informant against Aristotle.  Aristotle is a Greek national who hates the EU’s financial sanctions against his country, so he bought a computer virus.  With one upload to a power grid, Aristotle can take out an area of any size he chooses.  Carlos’s job was to buy the case and give it to INTERPOL instead of giving it to Aristotle.  With Carlos’s death, Bobby has to go to plan B: Michael, Sonia, and Darius.  Sonia will play Carlos’s mistress, and Michael will be her bodyguard.  Darius will maintain a safe distance and watch over them.  If they get the virus, Darius and Sonia can get some of their crimes forgiven, and Michael can get his bodyguard license back.  The thought of working together pisses off both Michael and Darius.  But no one is angrier than Sonia.  With no time to make love, Sonia will never get the family she wants.  This mission should be easy for the murderous triad, but an exploding bracelet, amnesia, and gelato will make it difficult.

A sequel can rarely be better than the first, but The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard gets it right (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  It gives you wit and action from beginning to end.  There is no pointless conversation or gratuitous violence; the writers did everything with a purpose.  Whether it was for jokes or fights, it had meaning.  In the first movie, viewers got an introspective look into Darius’s life.  This time, we get a look at Sonia’s beginnings as a con-woman and Michael’s beginning as a bodyguard.  While Michael is on a mission to get his license back, Sonia focuses on creating the family of her dreams.  These ambitions help broaden the future of this franchise.  With nods to Overboard, Tim McGraw, and Armageddon, you don’t have to see the first movie to enjoy the sequel.  But it helps.  This movie is a funny sabbatical for the adults in your family.

I give it 5 out of 5 stars

Say my age – Sonia

Can I keep my pen knife though – Michael

Not enough – Darius

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The Water Man – Review

The Water Man – Budget Unknown – 1 hour and 32 minutes

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Gunner sits in his room and writes his graphic novel about Detective Knoxx, a ghost attempting to solve his murder.  Gunner reads other detective books like Sherlock Holmes for inspiration (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  When Gunner tells his parents, Amos and Mary, that he went to a funeral for more research, Amos can’t hide his disbelief.  Amos thinks Gunner is weird, but his mother understands.  In an attempt to connect with Gunner, Amos walks into Gunner’s room to play catch, but Amos steps on his graphic novel, ruining it.  Gunner leaves and rides his bike around town.  On his ride, he sees an abandoned mill with The Water Man painted on the side.  He hears a young girl, Jo, telling a group of kids that she encountered The Water Man and survived.  She will tell the tale for a price.  Back at home, Gunner tries to sleep but has a nightmare.  He searches for Mary and finds a frail, bald figure in the bathroom.  Gunner had no idea that Mary’s leukemia advanced so aggressively.  Instead of researching detective novels, Gunner focuses on leukemia and anatomy.  Inside one of the books, Gunner finds notes about The Water Man.  Since the author is local, Gunner goes to Bussey’s home to get more information.  Bussey explains that The Water Man found a vein of shiny material in a cave and he carved a rock out of it.  While it had no known value to the world, the rock was valuable.  When the dam broke, everyone in the town, including The Water Man’s wife, died.  But The Water Man lived, and he believed it was because of the shining rock he found.  The rock made him immortal.  Now, he searches the woods for his wife’s body to give her immortality.  Until then, he revives animals in the woods.  Gunner wants to find The Water Man to heal Mary.  And he knows just who can help find The Water Man, Jo.  Gunner will leave a note, sneak out, and pay Jo to take him to see The Water Man.  With two kids in the woods, Amos goes on a hunt to find Gunner without telling Mary.  Amos knows he is on borrowed time because there is a danger roaring in the woods that will annihilate Gunner and Jo.  And it isn’t The Water Man.

David Oyelowo’s directorial debut is a promising award contender this year.  Mixing animation with real-life allows the viewer to see life in Gunner’s rich fantasy world.  There is a moment where you don’t know where the fantasy ends and where reality begins.  This movie isn’t only about Gunner finding The Water Man.  It’s about Gunner and Amos finding common ground.  Gunner thinks he doesn’t live up to his father’s expectations.  But Amos doesn’t believe his son wants him around.  With Mary’s illness getting worse, Mary knows she must bring them together.  By being apart, they call for each other in the darkness and find their bond.  It’s a compelling story that will resonate with the whole family.  Be warned, there are a few scary moments, but those are short-lived and explained.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars 

You stay on your side – Jo

If you could choose a short life with love or a long life without it, which would you choose – Gunner

That’s the Cheesecake Factory – Mary

I’m sorry – Amos

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