Watching Mr. Show 23 years ago, the last thing I would have expected is that Bob Odenkirk would star in a movie where he smokes fools like a stone cold motherf**ker, but here we are. Yes, the 58-year-old Better Call Saul star is now a better version of Liam Neeson in Nobody, from director Ilya Naishuller (Hardcore Henry). Given, Hardcore Henry wasn’t as good as its gimmick, but the novelty of watching Odenkirk as a god-tier killing-machine is super amusing.
The red band trailer above shows Odenkirk icing jabronis left and right, and yelling “god dammit” or a variant thereof (his signature acting move). Here is the official synopsis from Universal:
When two thieves break into his suburban home one night, Hutch (Odenkirk) declines to defend himself or his family, hoping to prevent serious violence. His teenage son, Blake (Gage Munroe, The Shack), is disappointed in him and his wife, Becca (Connie Nielsen, Wonder Woman), seems to pull only further away.
The aftermath of the incident strikes a match to Hutch’s long-simmering rage, triggering dormant instincts and propelling him on a brutal path that will surface dark secrets and lethal skills. In a barrage of fists, gunfire and squealing tires, Hutch must save his family from a dangerous adversary (famed Russian actor Aleksey Serebryakov, Amazon’s McMafia)—and ensure that he will never be underestimated as a nobody again.
Based on the premise, it sounds a lot like David Cronenberg’s A History of Violence by way of John Wick. The screenplay is by Derek Kolstad, the key writer of the John Wick films, so that makes sense. I also wonder if there’s maybe a little pinch of The Art of Self-Defense mixed in, though that assumes the film may dissect codes of masculinity rather than just basking in the glory of wanton violence.
Also, Christopher Lloyd plays Hutch’s dad, and the RZA plays Hutch’s brother.
You had me at, “Bob Odenkirk fights people, bro.”
Nobody comes out February 26, 2021, two weeks late for Valentine’s Day weekend.