In the film “Nobody” Hutch Mansell, portrayed by two time Emmy winner Bob Oddnkirk (Better Call Saul), is seemingly going through the motions of life. The film begins by showing the viewer a typical week in Hutch’s life. He jogs, takes the bus back and forth to work, crunches numbers at his job, spends a bit of time with his family, and repeats the process again. The only deviation to the routine, is when he visits his father David, at the assisted living facility where he resides. The role of David is acted by three time Emmy winner Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future). Hutch is married to Becca played by Connie Nielsen (Wonder Woman). The couple have two children, Blake (Gage Monroe), and Abby (Paisley Cadorath).
One evening, the Mansell home gets broken into by a man (Edsson Morales) and woman (Humberly Gonzalez). Blake tackles the man to the ground. Hutch, brandishing a golf club, sneaks up behind the woman, who is holding a gun. He is about to strike, when he notices something and decides not to hit her. Hutch lets the man and woman leave, without calling the police.
The next day at work, Hutch is told by his father-in-law, Eddie, played by Michael Ironside (Scanners), who owns the company Hutch works for, that he made the right decision. Hutch’s bother-in-law Charlie (Billy MacLellan) disagrees and makes Hutch take a gun for protection. Even though he doesn’t admit it, Hutch agrees with Charlie. Later that evening, after he makes a trip to his father’s apartment to retrieve a few items, he goes in search of the people who broke into his house. The only clue he has is a tattoo he noticed on the wrist of one of the robbers.
Hutch tracks down the couple, but his encounter with them leaves him less than satisfied. On his way home, a group of Russian mafia members crash their car and proceed to get on the bus Hutch is on. They are an unwelcome presence to the people on board. Hutch takes matters into his own hands and the results are surprising. Retaliation is taken by the mobsters’ boss Yulian Kuznetsov (Aleksey Serebryakov). He makes the mistake of sending a hit team to Hutch’s house. The action sends Hutch on a revenge filled mission. Unbeknownst to the mobsters, Hutch used to be one of the people the government’s three letter agencies, as Hutch puts it, would send to clean up internal agency problems.
“Nobody” was directed by llya Naishuller (Hardcore Henry). The screenplay was written by Derick Kolsted (John Wick). The film is based on an idea by Bob Odenkirk. Furthermore, it was Odenkirk who wanted to have Lloyd cast as his father. In addition, Odenkirk performed almost all of his own stunts. Parts action, crime, drama, and thriller, it has a runtime of 92 minutes. The film was first released in Russia on March 18, 2021. In addition to the aforementioned cast members Emmy nominee rapper RZA (Wu-Tang: An American Saga) played Harry Mansell, someone who helps Hutch on his journey to get revenge.
The film held my interest from start to finish. I didn’t expect it to be as action packed as it turned out to be. While I did think it would be a movie along the lines of “Death Wish,” and that Odenkirk’s character would, in essence, mirror Emmy nominee Charles Bronson’s character Paul Kersey from that movie, the filmmakers went in a different and welcomed direction. The cast was excellent in their respective roles, especially Odenkirk. Recommended for fans of the actor, who so brilliantly portrayed the character of Saul Goodman on “Breaking Bad” and continues to do so on “Better Call Saul,” and action films where the good guys and bad guys are clearly defined.