This is a unique, must-see film. Just remember the classic line, “Give me the God damned kitty cat bracelet!”
Why should anyone be surprised by a film directed by Llya Naishuller. After all, his first film was Biting Elbows: Bad Motherfucker (2013)!
With Nobody, Bob Odenkirk gives a devasting performance as Hutch Mansell, a suburban family man with a hidden past. Despite a loving wife (Connie Nielsen), he detests his boring existence. He can’t even take his trash out in a timely manner.
But all hell breaks loose when his home is robbed by two masked thugs. In the process he stands silently by, earning the disgust of his teenage son.
Yet everything changes when Hutch rediscovers his violent past while riding a bus. As five young hooligans terrorize a young female passenger, he decides to kick some ass while taking no names.
He should have, as one of the mortally injured thug’s father is a Russian mob leader played with an acerbic comic flair by Aleksey Serebryakov. This defines the balance of the film as we wait to see who kills or is killed.
Hutch repeatedly gets the crap kicked out of him to his own apparent delight. In the process, he teams up with his aging father David in some humorous moments that have seldom been equaled on the big screen. That is especially true given that the father is played by the legendary Christopher Lloyd.
This film has some great special effects involving car crashes and gun fire. It also has a fabulous musical score that includes “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” (Nina Simone), “Heartbreaker” (Pat Benatar), “I’ve Gotta Be Me” (Steve Lawrence) and “You’ll Never Walk Alone” (Gerry & the Pacemakers) among others.
Intrigued, aren’t you?