Most people know Bob Odenkirk for hilarious sketches in the comedy series Mr. Show or for his turn as the slimy but lovable lawyer Saul Goodman in Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul. What people don’t normally picture him as is a badass action hero. His most recent movie Nobody, which is currently streaming on HBO Max, is about to change that for the better.
Nobody is an action movie that tells the story of Hutch Mansell (Bob Odenkirk), who is a seemingly normal and boring family man. He has two kids, a wife, and a job where he works for his father-in-law and with his annoying brother-in-law. One day, some thieves break into his house. After letting them go and disappointing his family, Hutch decides to take matters into his own hands and let his true nature loose. This eventually leads Hutch down a violent path that puts him in the crosshairs of a notorious Russian crime boss. Though he gets into more trouble than he initially planned, Hutch begins to regain himself and breaks out of the monotony of his docile lifestyle.
If you’re getting major John Wick vibes from the story and description, that’s understandable. The writer behind Nobody is Derek Kolstad, who is most known for his work on John Wick and its ensuing sequels. The film also has notable producer of the John Wick franchise, David Leitch, on board. The movie itself very much scratches that John Wick itch. The action is extremely well-choreographed, brutal, and kinetic. Bob Odenkirk’s character even has shades of Wick, as a killer who was out of the game and gets dragged back in. The movie is very stylish and the bus fight scene, in particular, is getting a lot of attention as one of the best fight scenes of the year.
Despite the John Wick parallels, Nobody stands out as its own movie. Bob Odenkirk brings a wry and entertaining presence to the role. Critics and audiences are also in agreement that the movie is a ton of fun, though it doesn’t necessarily do anything incredibly new. On Rotten Tomatoes, the critic score is sitting at a respectable 84% and the audience score is an impressive 94%. It’s definitely an entertaining, high-octane popcorn flick that makes for a perfect at-home screening experience.
Bob Odenkirk is far from the only one having fun in this movie. The rest of the cast help bring the movie to life, particularly the 83-year old Christoper Lloyd, who kicks just as much ass as Odenkirk’s on-screen dad. Connie Nielsen and the RZA also have great turns as Hutch’s wife and adopted brother, respectively. Of course, these movies wouldn’t be as fun as they are without a great villain and Aleksey Serebryakov kills it as the scenery-chewing Yulian. The movie was directed by Ilya Naishuller, who has some action directing chops in the form of 2015’s Hardcore Henry. This is the Russian director’s second time behind the camera for a feature film, and he knocked it out of the park.
Although Nobody has run its theatre-release course, it’s finding a new life on streaming services. But that’s not to say it didn’t do well at the box office. Although it didn’t smash any records, it made a nice profit and managed to top the box office upon its release. The movie ended up grossing $55.4 million worldwide against a production budget of $16 million.
When a movie is able to make its budget back a few times over and when the creators are excited about the work, there’s always a good chance for a sequel or even a franchise. In fact, the director has mentioned that Kolstad had been working on a script, though a studio greenlight has yet to be confirmed. Plus, considering the fact that Bob Odenkirk trained for two years for the role, it would be a shame that he only gets to use that training for one movie.
If you’re someone who enjoys creative, violent action scenes and the general vibe of the John Wick franchise, then you’re definitely going to want to check out Nobody while you can. You can currently stream it on HBO Max and catch the carnage for yourself.