Starring: Bob Odenkirk, Aleksey Serebryakov, Connie Nielsen
Director: Ilya Naishuller
Running Time: 92 mins
Nobody is an American film about a family man who, after his house is burgled, sets out on a path of vengeance on behalf of his family, setting off a chaotic chain of events.
I had so much fun with this movie. A really great action movie through and through, the film is an immensely entertaining watch, featuring fantastic violence, great humour and one of the best soundtracks I’ve heard in a long time – all coming together to deliver an hour and a half of non-stop laughs and edge-of-your-seat entertainment.
There’s so much to love about Nobody, but there are few things that encapsulate what makes it so great as the lead performance by Bob Odenkirk. A fantastic everyman kind of hero, he’s almost a modern Bruce McClane, and a hugely lovable guy to lead through the mounting chaos of the action in this movie.
From start to finish, Odenkirk really gives it his all in this role, whether that be as the low-key family man or the out-of-nowhere action hero who takes on the entire Russian mafia, and seems to become more and more invincible the more dangerous his situation gets.
At first, the charm of Nobody is that Odenkirk is just an everyman. He’s got a mysterious story behind him, but he’s no superhuman, and gets badly beaten up in his first clashes with bad guys, all the while suffering with a certain sense of emasculation from his family.
But as the movie goes on, and the action becomes more and more insane, Odenkirk’s abilities become ever more superhuman, eventually able to survive endless car crashes, bullets to the body and even a land mine exploding in his face – with barely a scratch on him.
It’s almost too ridiculous, but Nobody, with Odenkirk’s charismatic performance, hilarious screenplay and brilliantly funny use of music throughout, is clear that it never takes itself too seriously, and that makes the ever-more superhuman qualities of its main character far more of a charm than a ridiculous drawback.
Fast-paced, immensely action-packed and deliriously violent throughout, Nobody is an absolute masterpiece of action comedy, complete with a spectacular lead performance from Bob Odenkirk, who gives us a brand new everyman hero to adore. So, that’s why I’m giving Nobody an 8.0 overall.