Confronting the Mafia
By Nirupa Mohan Dore Ceylon Today Features
Nobody, the newest action thriller coming to cinemas next week, stars Bob Odenkirk in the lead as Hutch Mansell. The film with the tagline ‘never underestimate a nobody’ features a family man with a secret past, that is itching to break free, amid a world of drama, supported by over-the-top firepower and fist fights.
The film stars Connie Nielsen as Hutch’s wife Rebecca Mansell, Gage Munroe as his son Brady Mansell, Paisley Cadorath as his daughter Sammy Mansell, Robert Fitzgerald Diggs as his half-brother Harry Mansell, and Michael Ironside as his father-in-law Eddie Williams. Meanwhile, Aleksei Serebryakov plays the role of the ruthless Russian Mob boss Yulian Kuznetsov, and Aleksandr Pal plays his brother Teddy Kuznetsov, while Araya Mengesha plays Mafia soldier Pavel.
The 92-minute film by Director Ilya Naishuller and producers David Leitch, Marc Provissiero, Braden Aftergood, Kelly McCormick, and the star himself Bob Odenkirk, working in collaboration with production companies Perfect World Pictures, Eighty Two Films, Odenkirk Entertainment and 87 North Productions, was made with a budget of
US$16 million. The film proved to be a financial success, easily raking in over 34.5 million, backed by positive critic and ratings, with an impressive 82 per cent featured on Rotten Tomatoes, an almost average 63 per cent on Metacritic and 7.5/10 on IMDb.
The storyline unfolds slowly, introducing a simple family man, who lives a dull life, with his daily routine, working on the books at a steel refinery that is run by his family, while living with his wife and two children. Things suddenly change when thieves enter his home and he fails to defend his family, in fact, he doesn’t even try to put up a fight. The plot makes it clear that this home invasion triggered a sense of emasculation, with his past suddenly wanting to break free with a need for justifiable vengeance.
Things soon spiral out of control when his newfound rage, ends upcreating new and dangerous enemies, that put his family in danger. Hutch must do what it takes to make sure that no one ever underestimates him ever again, by going head-to-head with the mob in a war that takes teamwork, firepower and most importantly, experience from his past. The way the action rolls out with endless fight scenes, with gore and bloodshed, it might remind viewers of the John Wick film series, but even though the level of violence is almost equally excessive, this film differentiates itself by trying to add a calm sense of humour, that is randomly scattered throughout the film.
This is not a film that is creative on the plot, nor does it have enough dialogue to keep the film moving, but what it does well, is that it maintains a fast to moderate pacing, supported by good acting by its lead Bob Odenkirk, who has clearly taken an action-driven story that pushes its limits, and well executed it, delivering a performance that looked natural and thus, easily entertaining with no dull moments.
The film emphasises on how normal his life looked, before unveiling who he really is. It takes viewers on a journey to unravel that all is not as it seems and everybody is not what they appear to be, especially when they are triggered by something. For a premise that is not complicated, it easily shows Hutch getting back in the game. Nobody may not be a film that will have cult status, but it certainly is entertaining with straightforward action.
Nobody is rated ‘R for strong violence and bloody images, language and brief drug use. It is a film that will be enjoyed by fans of action who want things to be taken one step further in terms of firepower and drama in a film, that does not try to hold back.