John Wick fans ought to rejoice at this film. 4 Stars

If you like John Wick, you will like this flick!

Nobody (2021)
Released: 26 Mar 2021
Rated: R
Runtime: 92 min
Director: Ilya Naishuller
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Cast: Bob Odenkirk, Aleksey Serebryakov, Connie Nielsen, Christopher Lloyd
Writer(s): Derek Kolstad
Plot: A bystander who intervenes to help a woman being harassed by a group of men becomes the target of a vengeful drug lord.
IMDB rating: 7.4
MetaScore: 63

Disc Information
Studio: Universal
Distributed By: N/A
Video Resolution: 2160p HEVC w/HDR
Aspect Ratio: 2.39.1
Audio: Dolby Atmos, Spanish 7.1 DD+:Spanish 7.1 DD+, French 5.1 DD
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French
Rating: R
Run Time: 1 Hr. 32 Min.
Package Includes: UHD, Blu-ray, Digital Copy
Case Type: Amaray
Disc Type: UHD
Region: All
Release Date: 06/22/2021
MSRP: $27.95

The Production: 4/5

“Just a bit excessive, but glorious!”  These words spoken by Christopher Lloyd in Nobody might as easily describe the action and violence in the film as it does the observations of his character on the denouement of the story.  Nobody has an impeccable action film pedigree behind the scenes, as it is directed by Ilya Naisuller(Hardcore Henry) from an original screenplay by Derek Kolstad(John Wick) and produced by David Leitch(Atomic Blonde, Hobbs and Shaw).  The only one really new to action films is its lead actor, Bob Odenkirk(Better Call Saul), and he takes to it like a duck takes to water.

Odenkirk plays Hutch Mansell, a suburban father and husband leading a typically repetitive middle class lifestyle with a 9 to 5 job, an indifferent wife, Becca(Connie Nielsen), and two children, in other words, a nobody.  Hutch Mansell is not all that he seems after a home invasion robbery in which he hunts down the burglars and then takes pity on them before inflicting his revenge.  As Hutch says, though, when God closes one door, he opens another.  On his way home from his mission, Hutch finds himself confronted with a group of thugs and decides that his frustrations can be worked out in their direction.  Unfortunately for Hutch, one of the punks thrashed by him is the brother of a Russian mobster, Yulian(Aleksei Serebryakov) who takes offense when you mess with family.

Fortunately, Hutch has his own family with a father, David(Christopher Lloyd), and a brother, Harry(RZA), who are equally badasses with Hutch.  Hutch, like John Wick, believed he was retired before being drawn back in to the violence of his past in his escalating conflict with Yulian.  Michael Ironside plays Hutch’s father-in-law, Eddie, and one only wishes that his character had more involvement in the fisticuffs and gunplay indulged in by the other leads.

The resonance of this film with John Wick is no coincidence since both films were written by Derek Kolstad.  Nobody is an engaging action movie that is prefabricated with a sequel already set up in the ending of the film.  There have also been rumors of a team up between Hutch Mansell and John Wick in what is conceived as a shared universe of the characters.  The direction by Ilya Naisuller shows that he knows how to make action films, and the music selected for the soundtrack deserves special mention in creating a mood that is not always ironic, with selections as diverse as Nina Simone, Pat Benatar, and Andy Williams.  The car chase set to Benatar’s “Heartbreaker” is an instant classic and stands up to multiple screenings.  We have something to look forward to if the inevitable sequels pack half as much punch as this film.

Video: 5/5

3D Rating: NA

Nobody appears on 4K UHD in a 2.39:1 screen aspect ratio.  The 2160 HEVC codec video is sublime with exquisite fine detail and nice gradients of shadow.  The color scheme is deliberately discreet in hues, so the picture is not vibrant but seemingly with fidelity to its sources.

Audio: 4.5/5

The English Dolby Atmos track makes fine use of its soundstage with extensive use of directional audio.  Gunfire and explosions carry a sonic punch, and ambient sound is employed well to create an immersive aural experience.  Dialogue and action sequences are mutually exclusive for the most part so that spoken words are not obscured by the sound effects.  This would be a good disc to crank up to shake any dust off your speakers.

Special Features: 4/5

Special features on the 4K UHD disc include all of the following:

Deleted scenes(4:58):  These scenes enrich the story and are worthwhile viewing for anyone who enjoyed the film with an extra subplot involving Eddie, Hutch’s father-in-law played by Michael Ironside.
Hutch Hits Hard(3:52):  Star Bob Odenkirk and the stunt coordinators demonstrate the training that Odenkirk went through to be an action star in this film.
Breaking Down The Action(19:07):  These featurettes entitled Bus Fight, Home Invasion, Car Chase, and Tool and Die go behind the scenes of the creation of the action set pieces in the film.  The featurettes are playable individually or continuously with a “play all” selection.
Just A Nobody(12:53):  Actor Bob Odenkirk, director Ilya Naishuller, and producers discuss the production of this film.
Feature commentary with actor/producer Bob Odenkirk and director Ilya Naishuller:  Odenkirk is gregarious and Naishuller is engaging in this joint commentary.
Feature commentary with director Ilya Naishuller:  The director provides an interesting solo commentary to supplement his other commentary with Odenkirk.
Also included is a blu-ray disc and a paper insert with validation code for digital copy of the film through the Movies Anywhere app.

Overall: 4.5/5

Nobody is a good action film that stands up well to multiple viewings and a worthwhile addition to the genre of John Wick.  Bob Odenkirk shows that he has the chops to be an action film star, and the film has a great supporting cast with the likes of Connie Nielsen, Christopher Lloyd, and Michael Ironside.  The video and audio presentation on UHD are top-notch, and the disc includes a load of special features that are more than just filler.  Both of the feature length commentaries are worth taking in for multiple screenings of the film.  Hutch Mansell may seem to be a Nobody but is destined to be somebody in the inevitable sequels.

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Thank you for your fine review. I have a decision to make about this film, whether to purchase the 4K disc or digital. For both, I'm waiting on a price drop, but the 4K digital will probably be available for purchase at $9.99 in the next month or so. The digital has the same specs as the disc including the bonus material. The 4K disc will be discounted too in the coming months, but more like $19.99. This will be a blind purchase, but I've been interested in this movie since its trailers dropped.
 

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4k digital does not match 4k UHD blu-ray. At least at this time. Particularly true of the Audio but usually the Video as well.

Haven't seen this movie, so cannot say for sure. You can probably make your own decision after viewing a few similar moeis. Othen you get the Digital copy included with a UHD Blu-ray so consider buying one and compare. Perhaps surprising, you can get SOME UHD Blu-rays that have been out for awhile for less then purchasing the Digital version.
 
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4k digital does not match 4k UHD blu-ray. At least at this time. Particularly true of the Audio but usually the Video as well.

Haven't seen this movie, so cannot say for sure. You can probably make your own decision after viewing a few similar moeis. Othen you get the Digital copy included with a UHD Blu-ray so consider buying one and compare. Perhaps surprising, you can get SOME UHD Blu-rays that have been out for awhile for less then purchasing the Digital version.
For some of us, it's close enough!
 

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Thanks for the review. I ordered it from Amazon- a blind buy. Looking forward to it.
 

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Thank you for your fine review. I have a decision to make about this film, whether to purchase the 4K disc or digital. For both, I'm waiting on a price drop, but the 4K digital will probably be available for purchase at $9.99 in the next month or so. The digital has the same specs as the disc including the bonus material. The 4K disc will be discounted too in the coming months, but more like $19.99. This will be a blind purchase, but I've been interested in this movie since its trailers dropped.
Well, Best Buy has discounted the 4K disc down to $19.99 and using a "reward certificate" worth $5.00 that was about to expire in a couple days, I got this disc for $14.99 plus sales tax. I'm looking forward to finally watching this movie that so many people have enjoyed.
 

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Well, Best Buy has discounted the 4K disc down to $19.99 and using a "reward certificate" worth $5.00 that was about to expire in a couple days, I got this disc for $14.99 plus sales tax. I'm looking forward to finally watching this movie that so many people have enjoyed.
I think I’ll do the same.
 

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Well, Best Buy has discounted the 4K disc down to $19.99 and using a "reward certificate" worth $5.00 that was about to expire in a couple days, I got this disc for $14.99 plus sales tax. I'm looking forward to finally watching this movie that so many people have enjoyed.
By the way, Amazon has price matched the $19.99 price point.
 

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Guys, thanks for the high marks you gave this film. Picked this up from BB with a rewards certificate. Best $15 spent on a blind buy on a long while. Thoroughly enjoyable.
That's exactly what I did with my rewards certificate. I thought the movie was very enjoyable as it lived up to my expectations.