Director: Ilya Naishuller
Cast: Bob Odenkirk, Connie Nielsen, RZA
Release Date: June 22, 2021
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Film Rating: 9/10
Disc Rating: 8/10
Hutch is a nobody. As an overlooked and underestimated father and husband, he takes life’s indignities on the chin and never rocks the boat. But when his daughter loses her beloved kitty-cat bracelet in a robbery, Hutch hits a boiling point no one knew he had. What happens when a pushover finally pushes back? Hutch flips from regular dad to fearless fighter by taking his enemies on a wild ride of explosive revenge. NOBODY showcases Emmy®-winner Bob Odenkirk as fans have never seen him before: an average family man who becomes a lethal vigilante unlike any ordinary action hero.
Please Note: Universal Pictures Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Post. The opinions I share are my own.
‘Nobody’ tells the tale of Hutch (Odenkirk) an unnoticeable nobody who goes about his life repeating the same tedious routine day after day and enjoying an uneventful family life at home. But Hutch isn’t quite what he appears to be (or at least he didn’t used to be) and after his family is affected by a break-in, he snaps and a chain of other irritating events leads him to seek out a fight in an attempt to relive his more violent days. Unfortunately, a simple altercation leads to Hutch harming a man with ties deeper than he would have guessed which promptly results in more violence and chaos. Quickly settling back into his old habits, Hutch transforms into a one man army in order to protect what he cares about.
Directed by Ilya Naishuller (Hardcore Henry) from a screenplay written by Derek Kolstad (John Wick), Naishuller does a fantastic job at the helm of ‘Nobody’ carefully guiding the action and excitement along with a smooth style and clear appreciation of the material. The film also benefits a great deal from a talented and well selected cast that includes Bob Odenkirk (TV’s Better Call Saul), Connie Nielsen (Wonder Woman), RZA (The Dead Don’t Die) and Christopher Lloyd (Piranha 3D), along with more, and nearly all providing great, if not at least fully competent performances in each of their respective roles.
‘Nobody’ is easily one of the most enjoyable films of the year. It’s an explosive, tense and hilarious ride that never gets the slightest bit dull and also somehow only becomes more enjoyable with each additional viewing. Based on an initial idea by Bob Odenkirk and evolving into the film we see here, it once again proves that Odenkirk is an impressive talent who time and again verifies that he has far more range than many give him credit for; and now we can add capable (and believable) action star to the list. Perfectly blending the brutal and aggressive action with plenty of humor as well as a surprising amount of heart, ‘Nobody’ is far more than just another ‘John Wick’ knockoff which becomes clear as it tears through this man’s world with speed and style. Odenkirk’s winning performance and hard hitting action sequences are only greatly complimented by a perfectly selected cast of costars including the talented Connie Nielsen and the always wonderful Christopher Lloyd (a dynamic presence that isn’t frequenting our screens enough these days if you ask me) and the careful guidance of director Ilya Naishuller which seals the deal and all helps to escalate ‘Nobody’ to something truly special. I can’t recommend ‘Nobody’ strongly enough to fans of Odenkirk and anyone who enjoys a solid action film with plenty of unforgettable and explosive moments; this one is not to be missed!
Overall, ‘Nobody’ is a hard hitting, hilarious and heartfelt ride that serves up nonstop fun and excitement every step of the way while continuously exceeding expectations. Perhaps even more impressive is that it also proves without a doubt that Bob Odenkirk certainly has what it takes to be an action star, with the onscreen result of his extensive training for the role alone showing a clear passion for doing it right. ‘Nobody’ easily earns one of my highest possible recommendations. It’s a funny, brutal and just altogether great time that you will probably want to make a point of checking out at your earliest convenience. At the absolute least this one should have no trouble proving well worth ninety minutes of your time and the cost of a rental, although don’t be the slightest bit surprised if you also find yourself determined to purchase a copy shortly thereafter.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Nobody’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation with the film’s original 2.39:1 Cinemascope Aspect Ratio. The video presentation looks solid as a whole and provides a smooth, sharp and nicely detailed presentation from start to finish that maintains an almost filmic appearance that looks pretty spectacular throughout. It holds up smoothly even during the numerous darkly lit and fast moving sequences, never allowing anything onscreen to become negatively affected, let alone indiscernible. Overall, this is a great high definition video presentation from Universal that should easily please the film’s fans and first time viewers alike.
The Blu-ray release features a Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 channel compatible) soundtrack. Please note that this review pertains solely to the Dolby TrueHD 7.1 audio presentation. This multichannel soundtrack delivers splendidly across the board and offers up a crisp and hard hitting audio presentation throughout. It constantly takes full advantage of all seven available channels in order to send the action and gunshots, along with music and vehicle activity, plus a whole lot more regularly zipping throughout the various speakers at every fitting opportunity. All while making certain that any dialogue or other audio elements that might be occurring simultaneously never become distorted or rendered inaudible in the process. Overall, this is a magnificent Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 compatible) soundtrack that constantly contributes its share of extra fun to the overall viewing experience.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Nobody’ includes a handful of nice extras that fans of the film should have fun with. Included on the release are ‘2 Audio Commentaries’; the first of which is an ‘Audio Commentary with Actor Producer Bob Odenkirk and Director Ilya Naishuller’ and the second an ‘Audio Commentary with Director Ilya Naishuller’. We are also treated to some ‘Deleted Scenes’ from the film (running approximately 5 minutes in length altogether) and a few Behind the Scenes Featurettes which include interviews/comments with the cast and crew, plus behind the scenes footage and more. The included Featurettes are ‘Hutch Hits Hard’ (running approximately 4 minutes), ‘Just a Nobody’ (approximately 13 minutes) and 4 ‘Breaking Down the Action’ Featurettes (approximately 19 minutes altogether) that each focus on bringing some of the film’s notable action sequences to life.
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Film Rating: 9/10
Disc Rating: 8/10
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