Review by William J. Hammon, ActuallyPaid.com
The leitmotif of middle-aged actors becoming action film stars is always a fascinating one, because you can never quite tell which ones will work and which ones won’t. Yeah, there are fairly safe guesses like Liam Neeson, who was always a badass, and Keanu Reeves, who had action chops as part of his repertoire beforehand. But I have to tell you, there is no amount of money I would ever have bet that Bob Odenkirk would be able to pull it off. Sure, he’s a long way from his Mr. Show days, and he’s had his share of gritty drama work like Breaking Bad and its spinoff, but for straight up ass-kickery? Would never have imagined it.
And yet somehow, Nobody finds a way to work, mostly because it leans into its cheesy, almost gratuitous level of comic violence in service of a fairly by-the-numbers action/crime plot. Odenkirk doesn’t so much convince you that he can pull off amazing fight choreography, though he does all right in the one scene where hand-to-hand combat is emphasized, but the ingenuity and sheer creativity of some of his traps to get the drop on the baddies is enough to win you over.
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