Nobody (2021) – Bob Odenkirk’s new movie is a dad-bod John Wick

Bob Odenkirk as Hutch Mansell in Nobody, directed by Ilya Naishuller.

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Retired assassin Hutch Mansell is fifty-plus and furious.

But after subduing his lethal skills during a home invasion, a more serious sequence of events that threaten his family and suburban serenity leads him down a frantic, rage-filled path of revenge.

Here’s everything you need to know about Nobody (2021).

Nobody release date: 9 June 2021

What is Nobody? The story behind Nobody (2021)

Most action heroes you can spot a mile off. The tattered headband. The cash register jawline. The fit-to-burst biceps, oiled up like a rotisserie chicken. Think Schwarzenegger, Stallone, Diesel, Johnson.

But with the release of Nobody in 2021, director Ilya Naishuller flips our preconceptions on their head. What if the last guy you expected was the baddest ass on the planet? What if that mild-mannered schlub in the family estate car, parking up at the chain store to return a faulty toaster, was secretly a one-man tidal wave of vengeance?

We’ve know what you’re thinking: John Wick. And, yes, it’s true that Nobody shares DNA with the Keanu Reeves action saga, from the involvement of John Wick screenwriter Derek Kolstad and producer David Leitch, to the bone-crunching ballet of the fight sequences.

But with its jet-black humour and relatable hero, the release of Nobody on 9 June 2021 raises the bar for the ‘dormant destroyer’ genre and promises the ultimate tale of an underdog biting back.

“I love that you expect a more straight-up John Wick movie,” Naishuller told IndieWire, “and there’s a little bit more inside if you just care to scratch the surface.”

 


Nobody’s plot. What’s the story?

To his family, friends and neighbours, Hutch Mansell ticks all the boxes of the textbook fifty-something suburbanite.

Vanishing hairline. Dullsville office job. Nothing more action-packed than the weekly dash to the kerbside with the wheelie bin. As you’d expect from this middle-aged pen-pusher, Hutch freezes when burglars ransack the family home, leaving his wife and teenage son disappointed at their puny patriarch.

Bob Odenkirk as Hutch Mansell in Nobody, directed by Ilya Naishuller.

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But the incident flips a switch to a past life that Hutch has kept hidden beneath the mask of domesticity.

Unbeknownst to his family, for 12 years, Hutch was the US government’s go-to ‘auditor’: an elite assassin sent in to snuff out the toughest targets in the business, cutting through bodyguards like a hot poker through dairy produce. Back in the present day, the humiliation of the burglary – combined with a spectacular vigilante punch-up on a bus – reawakens Hutch’s inner killing machine.

But it also brings him into the orbit of the Russian underworld, led by the flamboyant kingpin, Yulian Kuznetsov.

 


Nobody’s unlikely new action hero: Bob Odenkirk.

We’ve already seen Bob Odenkirk wheel and deal as bent lawyer Saul Goodman on Breaking Bad, own the vocal booth in Incredibles 2 and expose the Pentagon Papers as journalist Ben Bagdikian in Steven Spielberg’s political thriller, The Post.

Now, as Hutch, he brings his comedy chops into the action genre, capturing the character’s double life as a downtrodden wage slave and tooled-up hornet’s nest, one minute battering a goon with a wine bottle, the next serving the Sunday roast.

Bob Odenkirk as Hutch Mansell in Nobody, directed by Ilya Naishuller.

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Just as magnetic – in a genre where most action stars have a contract clause stating they’ll never lose a fight – is that Odenkirk chose to bring out Hutch’s fallibility.

“This guy,” he told Slash Film, “he has this background, but he’s rusty, he gets the sh*t kicked out of him. I hope that works for people, resonates with them, makes them smile, makes them see this [genre] in a different light.”

Nobody is more rooted in reality than you realise, too. Odenkirk himself was the victim of two home invasions, beat himself up over his response – and channelled that frustration into his pitch for Nobody. “It was Bob’s idea,” producer Kelly McCormick told The Ringer. “He had an incident at his home and he kind of wished that he would have handled it differently.” 

 


Nobody’s cast. Who’s in Nobody (2021) with Bob Odenkirk?

DC fans might know Connie Nielsen best as Hippolyta in the Wonder Woman series, but as Hutch’s wife, Becca, she captures the bewilderment of watching her husband morph from carpet slippers to butt-kicker. With his aura of rumpled danger, Aleksei Serebryakov brought a quiet menace to his role as a retired Russian mobster in the BBC drama McMafia – but in Nobody, he’s a flamboyant angel of death, mobilising armies of killers with a flick of his finger. And of course, as the career tough guy who duked it out with Arnie in Total Recall, you can rely on Michael Ironside to bring a steely glint as Hutch’s alpha father-in-law.

(from left) Becca Mansell (Connie Nielsen) and Hutch Mansell (Bob Odenkirk) in Nobody, directed by Ilya Naishuller.

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Curveballs?

Look out for Christopher ‘Doc’ Lloyd as Hutch’s retired FBI agent father, and Wu-Tang Clan leader RZA as the hero’s half-brother, Harry: both of whom may also have a secret history.

“You don’t expect to see RZA, Lloyd, and Bob as a family kicking ass,” director Ilya Naishuller told the Roger Ebert site.

“But, because of that, it works so much better. Constant surprises.”

 


Nobody trailer. Why is Nobody (2021) a big deal?

Along with the trailer for the equally in-your-face The Suicide Squad, the Nobody film trailer might just be the fastest and funniest three minutes we’ve seen so far this year.

But that’s just the start.

With Nobody already released across the water, US reviews have left no doubt this is an action movie for the ages, with a lead character who tears up the blueprint.

“We totally believe this physically unimpressive, normally mild-mannered guy as a simmering cauldron of rage,” wrote Richard Roeper of The Chicago Sun-Times.

Why Nobody needs to be experienced in the cinema

Official poster for Nobody, directed by Ilya Naishuller.

We’ve all missed the action genre over lockdown – and Nobody is a reminder of just how powerful these films become when you catch them at your local ODEON. Inspired by the frenetic pace of South Korean cinema and the madcap choreography of vintage Jackie Chan flicks like Police Story, Naishuller’s outrageous fight sequences take full advantage of every last screen pixel, building to a climactic warehouse battle that demands to experienced on the largest screen you can find.

“As the film goes on and Hutch becomes happier,” the director told IndieWire.

“We go to this super-colourful comic book style, where at the end of the movie, the action is supposed to be ridiculous. It’s absolutely excessive. The character, in that moment, he’s super rough, he’s cutting through them, but it’s just not mean-spirited. The whole movie is not mean-spirited.”

 


 

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