Truth be told, I didn't bother watching the trailer as I saw no reason to. What crossed my mind when I saw the movie poster was. 'Oh, here we go. A crappy film meant to be a lampoon of the John Wick movies.'
But when I saw Nobody trending after it was released, I made it a point of duty to see it. And boy, am I glad I did! I enjoyed every bit of it; the crazy fight sequences, the unpredictability of the plot, the outrageous moments, and Bob Odenkirk as the nonentity you wouldn't want to mess with!
Written by Derek Kolstad and directed by Ilya Naishuller, Nobody stars Odenkirk as Hutch 'Nobody' Mansell, a man so bored with his existence that even his family (with the exception of his little daughter) loathes him.
Hutch's life doesn't deviate from the norm (running, taking out the trash, making breakfast, going to work, and being the asshole everyone thinks he is) until one day when two burglars rob their house and his daughter's bracelet disappears. Something long-dormant awakens in Hutch and he goes on the trail of the robbers.
On his way back, Hutch encounters a group of Russian gangsters and a violent confrontation ensues, leaving everyone involved battered and bloody. Only Hutch walks away from the scene as the others either lose their lives or end up in the hospital.
Bob Odenkirk in NOBODY
Trouble comes rearing its head when the big brother of one of the gangsters (who so happens to be crazy and vengeful) goes after Hutch and his family. This is when Mr. Nobody decides to return to what he does best; beating the sh*t out of people and leaving a bloody trail of bodies in his wake.
What I love about the protagonist is that he fights dirty. He beats up people and is equally beaten in return. He is messy but he gets the job done. There is no style to his combat, he just keeps coming until he succeeds in reducing his foes to a bloody pulp.
Also, Hutch is not a one-dimensional character (as is usually the case with a lot of the guys in such movies). He is a complicated guy who deeply loves his family and becomes an unstoppable beast when they are threatened.
Even though he is essentially a killing machine, Hutch has a conscience. He has a moral compass that guides his actions from time to time. In the course of his battle with the antagonist and his endless band of baddies, he gets assistance from two equally crazy dudes (I won't say more than that).
In my opinion, Nobody is up there with some of the best action movies in recent memory. The fight scenes don't have the beautiful choreography present in the John Wick films but that doesn't make it any less entertaining.
This is without a doubt one of the wackiest, most violent, and best action movies of 2021. Bob Odenkirk rocks and I really hope there is a sequel planned.