Review: ‘Nobody’

Posted 4/16/21

Bob Odenkirk shines in “Nobody,” a gritty action adventure.

He plays Hutch Mansell, a mild mannered husband and father who is the victim of a home invasion. He does not resist at all. …

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Review: ‘Nobody’

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Bob Odenkirk shines in “Nobody,” a gritty action adventure.

He plays Hutch Mansell, a mild mannered husband and father who is the victim of a home invasion. He does not resist at all.

“You did the right thing,” the police officer tells him, “but if it was my family…”

“I heard you had the drop on them and didn’t do anything,” his co-worker and brother-in-law, Charlie (Billy MacLellan) says.

“I was just trying to keep the damage to a minimum,” Hutch replies.

“You should have done this,” he says, pointing a loaded gun at him. He then hands it to him. “Keep my sister safe, bro.”

Hutch receives moderate consolation from his father-in-law, Eddie (Michael Ironside), his partner in a distribution business. His second-guessing and frustration has him drinking from a pocket flask.

“A man and woman, late twenties. Scared, desperate. She had a gun,” he tells a friend.

When his daughter can’t find her Kitty Kat bracelet, she asks, “They couldn’t have stolen that, could they?” which triggers Hutch into a slowly smoldering rage.

He goes to his father, David’s (Christopher Lloyd) hall closet, stares at his FBI badge, and takes his gun and bullets. He goes to local tattoo parlors, and flashing the FBI credentials, asks about a tattoo he saw on one of the burglars.

“You shouldn’t flash that cheese,” one of the store owners says, “that badge is at least 20 years old.”

“There are three types of people who as you say, would flash that cheese,” Hutch says, as the store owner and his thugs surround him. “People who don’t know any better, people seeking to intimidate, and people like me who wish with every fiber of my being that someone would try to take it away from me.”

They help him identify the tattoo. He finds the couple and retrieves his watch. When they won’t admit to stealing the necklace, the enraged Hutch is about to inflict damage, then leaves when he sees the couple has a baby. He tries to relieve his anger by pounding his bare knuckles against a brick wall.

When a street gang gets on the bus that Hutch is taking home, he thinks, “They say God doesn’t close one door without opening another. Please God open the door.”

When the gang tries to hurt a young woman, Hutch thinks, “That girl is going to get home safe tonight. I hope these guys like hospital food.”

He tells the bus driver to step off the bus. He then empties the bullets from his gun and takes on five thugs, getting beaten up, and in turn beating them all bloody. He tells the young woman to run and then savages the five assailants, breaking one’s windpipe and then giving him a tracheotomy with a straw.

One of the gang members is the brother of a Russian Mobster, Yulian (Aleksey Serebryakov) who is bent on revenge. He attacks one of the other gang members in his hospital bed with a chair, incredulous that one man was able to inflict so much damage upon five able thugs.

“He’s as bad as they come,” Hutch is told by his associate, The Barber (Colin Salmon). “If he doesn’t know who you are, he will soon.”

It turns out Hutch’s background is a little more complicated and clandestine. When Yulian and his mercenaries attack Hutch’s house, he puts his wife and kids into the safe room and tells them, “Don’t call the police.”

The film is smart and stylish with a beautiful and eclectic soundtrack and follows in the tradition of “Shane” and “Death Wish” with the premise of a good man versus a violent world.

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