It is impossible to tell if a film will be good or not from a trailer alone. In my opinion, a successful trailer has to do three things (at least until I think of new rules).
- Give a sense of tone
- Hint at the story
- Don’t give away the third act
As I’m sure you’re well aware, there is a problem with trailers nowadays where if they don’t show you how the film ends, studios don’t think people will go see it. Perhaps the best thing I can say about the trailer for The Hitman’s Bodyguard is that I don’t think the trailer really breaks the rules I set for it.
Now, this film doesn’t really seem like one where the story really matters. It’s supposed to be set up as a zany action comedy that thrives off the charm of the leads and not much else. From what we’ve seen so far, Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson seem to have some pretty decent and vulgar chemistry, which is about all I could possibly ask for.
It appears as though Reynolds is the bodyguard and Jackson is the hitman from the title. With a little digging, I have found that Jackson is to “testify at the International Court Of Justice” and Reynolds is to insure he gets there on time.
Simple enough, let the hijinks ensue.
The Hitman’s Bodyguard is directed by Patrick Hughes, who would be known for directing The Expendables 3 if anyone paid attention to who made those films. This at least makes me think that he has a pretty good eye for directing action, and that seems to not be an issue from the clips we’ve seen already.
Salma Hayek can be seen very briefly in the trailer, but I’ve discovered that Gary Oldman is also in this film. I’m a firm believer that adding talent is never a bad idea, but wow this seems pretty wacky. My expectations are low, but this seems like it could be a good bit of fun.
What do you think about this trailer? Will you be seeing The Hitman’s Bodyguard in August? Let us know in the comments down below!