Run time: 92 mins
The idea of an itchy trigger finger as the solution to midlife malaise is ridiculous, and Nobody knows it.
When Hutch Mansell (Bob Odenkirk) opts not to fight back when his house gets broken into by armed intruders, everyone around him shakes their heads in barely disguised contempt at his perceived weakness.
But what no one is aware of is that he’s actually a trained killer in nondescript dad drag, one who gave up the life in favor of a peaceful existence with his wife and kids. If this sounds a bit like the start of a certain Keanu Reeves franchise, know that Hutch also has a fateful run-in with the shiftless relative of a formidable Russian gangster who runs a neon-lit nightclub. Nobody shares the same screenwriter as John Wick, so there is that.
Nobody is more violent lark than probing satire, but between Odenkirk’s smartly underplayed performance, the surprises in the screenplay, and the puckishly brutal direction of Ilya Naishuller (Hardcore Henry), it’s a wonderfully paced and consistently clever action romp that ups the ante of a genre that’s dominated by eye-rolling duds. (Jack Whiting)