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