Film Review – Nobody (2021)


Title – Nobody (2021)

Director – Ilya Naishuller (Hardcore Henry)

Cast – Bob Odenkirk, Aleksey Serebryakov, Connie Nielsen, Christopher Lloyd, RZA

Plot – Hutch Mansell (Odenkirk) is an everyday “nobody” who finds himself up against a ruthless criminal after stepping in to intervene in a violent attack against a stranger. To save himself and his family, Hutch must take matters into his own hands.

“Never underestimate a nobody” 

Review by Eddie on 14/04/2021

We live in a crazy and bizarre world, but not even the most out there of thinkers would’ve ever thought that one of 2021’s biggest and best action/thrillers would be successfully lead by Saul Goodman himself Bob Odenkirk, with support from a retirement home based shotgun wielding Doctor Emmett Brown.

Showcasing that anything is possible in this wild time and place we find ourselves in, Hardcore Henry director Ilya Naishuller alongside John Wick scribe Derek Kolstad have conjured up Nobody for unsuspecting audiences, with this tongue firmly in cheek comedic toned feature providing enough thrills, spills and laughs to make sure that this unlikely hit is going to be a real 2021 favourite for many. 

Feeling like an older more silly version of the John Wick book of action films, Nobody hilariously introduces us to the life of Odenkirk’s Hutch Mansell (have we already got the years best character name?) who lives out a seemingly repetitive day to day life alongside Connie Nielsen as his distant wife Becca, a life that is turned on its head when a violent home invasion and public bus showdown cause Hutch to become a target for a wide-eyed and blood thirsty Russian mob boss. 

In case it wasn’t clear from the trailers you may’ve seen or the brief synopsis of Hutch’s adventures you’ve read about here, Nobody is the type of gloriously over the top film we don’t get enough of in a genre that nowdays tries too hard too often to play it straight and Naishuller and his having a blast cast all are completely on board with what Nobody is selling and it makes everything that the film does so much more enjoyable, even if the bone-breaking and blood-filled violence may not be everyone’s cup of movie tea. 

A large portion of the good will that can be conjured up for the film (other than seeing Christopher Lloyd blast away Russian thugs with a trusty collection of shotguns) does lay at the feet of Odenkirk.

Spending months preparing himself for an unlikely action role, we know his comedic chops are finely tuned but its great to see him be able to convince as a man pushed to the edge and who begins to push back and with Hutch Mansell we have hopefully found a new and unique action hero too potentially see in future instalments, perhaps even a meeting with a one Mr. Jonathan Wick? 

Final Say – 

A real action treat that is best enjoyed with fun and entertainment front and centre of one’s thoughts, Nobody has no right being as good as it is but there’s no complaints here as this unlikely film succeeds in providing us with one of the most enjoyable genre entries in years. 

4 kitty cat bracelets out of 5  

9 responses to “Film Review – Nobody (2021)

  1. Absolutely loved Nobody.

    First of all, it was just wonderful to see a movie in an actual theater for the first time in a year!

    Secondly, it was just different enough from Wick to not be a “Wick Wannabe”. Odenkirk is awesome as always, and the movie definitely stands on its own and apart from John Wick.

    • Welcome back to the movies! Nothing beats watching a film in that way.

      But you’re right, this is an awesomely fun action film, I had a blast!

  2. I hadn’t heard of this film before but your review has inspired me to see it. While I’ve been reading a lot more since the start of the year than watching movies, Nobody sounds like exactly the kind of movie I need to see.

  3. I’m so happy to see a positive review from you on this one. I really liked the trailer but was worried that it would be too John Wick wannabe and/ or just lame. Glad to hear that it lived up to the expectations. Hopefully, I’ll get to see it over the weekend.

    • So much fun this one. I had bogus doubta heading in but was pleasantly surprised.
      Let me know what you think after you’ve seen it.

  4. This movie came out on DVD and I saw it finally. I enjoyed it a lot; I had to re-watch the bus fighting scene a couple times to take in all of the punches. Christopher Lloyd was a scene-stealer.

    • I had so much fun watching this film, I think they did a great job of not taking themselves seriously. You’re right, Lloyd stole the show!

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