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Film Review: Nobody

12:00 April 02, 2021
By: Fritz Esker

Bob Odenkirk (Better Caul Saul) may seem like an unlikely candidate for an action hero, but he ends up being pretty good at it in the darkly comic action extravaganza Nobody.

At first, the film seems like it will be yet another knockoff of Death Wish. Odenkirk plays Hutch, a married family man working for his father-in-law (Michael Ironside) in a dull office job. One night, burglars break into his house. He has a chance to stop them, but lets them go, even though his teen son gets assaulted. The incident leaves him simmering with anger afterwards. However, instead of being an ordinary man pushed to the limit by criminals, viewers and on-screen crooks quickly discover Hutch is not at all what he appears to be.

Directed by Ilya Naishuller, Nobody runs at a fleet 92 minutes. It doesn't get bogged down in unnecessary backstory. While the extreme violence can be off-putting at times, the movie has an amusingly grim sense of humor, and Naishuller creatively stages some of the action scenes. The best two of these scenes are a melee in a parked bus and Odenkirk freeing himself from the locked trunk of a moving car.

Nobody is currently playing in theaters.

*** stars (out of four)

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