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  Rated R · 118 minutes · 2017

Action, Comedy
It might never be possible to duplicate the ineffable chemistry that made Midnight Run such a delight, but if you’re gonna put together an ersatz version, this’ll do in a pinch. Private security agent Michael Bryce (Ryan Reynolds), still wallowing in the fallout from a high-profile failure, is brought in to protect legendary assassin Darius Kincaid (Samuel L. Jackson) while transporting him from England to The Hague to testify at the International Criminal Court against a genocidal world leader (Gary Oldman). Naturally, there’s unpleasant history between Bryce and Kincaid, which puts to fine use the two actors’ gifts for florid vulgarity. That dynamic is solid enough on its own, but there’s also plenty of weird background business—including Salma Hayek as Kincaid’s equally bad-news wife—and some solidly constructed chase sequences by director Patrick Hughes (The Expendables 3). Indeed, banter and bullets would add up to something pretty great if it didn’t feel so … damned … dragged … out. Maybe this is like the EuropaCorp version of Midnight Run, except Luc Besson would have pulled this ticking-clock action comedy into the station under 100 minutes.


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Director: Patrick Hughes
Producer: John Thompson, Matt O'Toole, Les Weldon, Mark Gill, Avi Lerner, Trevor Short, Boaz Davidson, Jason Bloom, Douglas Urbanski, Jeffrey Greenstein, Yariv Lerner, Christine Otal, Christa Campbell, Lati Grobman, Matt Milam and Scott Einbinder
Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Samuel Jackson, Gary Oldman, Salma Hayek, Elodie Yung, Joaquim De Almeida, Kirsty Mitchell, Richard Grant, Sam Hazeldine and Barry Atsma

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