Nobody – Film Review
by Fran Winston
Directed by: Ilya Naishuller
Starring: Bob Odenkirk, Connie Nielsen, Aleksei Serebryakov, RZA, Michael Ironside, Colin Salmon, Christopher Lloyd
In Irish cinemas June 9th
The ‘ordinary person who is secretly an action hero’ trope has been used in many movies, but usually, that person looks like they could be an action hero underneath their unassuming exterior. Arnold Schwarzenegger in True Lies, anyone? Not so Bob Odenkirk, who always looks like he could be your neighbour, no matter what role he’s playing, including darker tales like Breaking Bad and the spin-off Better Call Saul, for which he is best known.
So he is the perfect person to take the lead here playing family man Hutch Mansell, who lives an unremarkable life working for his father-in-law and dealing with the banal events of everyday life.
His tedious suburban existence is interrupted when he is the victim of a home invasion. When he doesn’t fight back his family view him with disdain and later when his young daughter discovers that a treasured bracelet is missing he has his “Falling Down” moment. Borrowing his retired fathers old FBI badge and gun, he tracks down his assailants and threatens them. This sets off a chain of events that sees Hutch facing off against hardened criminals and revelations about his past that shock everybody.
Odenkirk plays Hutch brilliantly and conveys the jaded mundanity of his life. He is the most unlikely action star, yet when the switch is flipped he is completely believable in the part.
The action scenes are visceral and angry – completely reflective of Hutch’s pent up frustrations finally being released – but these are balanced well with humorous moments mainly courtesy of his father David played by the legendary Christopher Lloyd.
This doesn’t take itself too seriously and is thoughtfully directed by Naishuller who paces Hutch’s journey brilliantly. It doesn’t reinvent the wheel but it is enjoyably absurd and delivers more than you expect.