Movie review: Nobody (2020)

Sep 21, 2021

Our students at Bus Stop are passionate about films! We’ve asked a few to submit reviews of their favourites which you might like to check out. Here’s the second instalment, of 2020 action/thriller Nobody. Review by Fynn Stafford.

“Never Underestimate a Nobody”. Nobody is an action packed film in the action/thriller tradition. 

Bob Odenkirk plays “nobody”/Hutch Mansell, a man who is living a boring suburban life with a wife who doesn’t like him [they sleep with a pillow between them], a son who hates him and a daughter who indulges him. 

Through a series of events – a screwed up home invasion, an attempted recovery of a sentimental item – the film descends into a tale of cat and mouse.

There are Russian mobsters, Hutch’s lunatic father who gets to have great fun with his shotgun, and a very cute kitten. 

The director shows how repetitive Hutch’s life is by repeating the same scenes – morning exercise, him going to work, him returning from work, him chasing the garbage truck early in the morning – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. 

The fight scenes are realistic and Hutch recovers and remembers the skills he had forgotten for some time. The characters are well developed with the exception of Hutch’s wife, who doesn’t really have a big part to play, apart from appearing confused. 

Some could compare the second fight scene in the film to the 2014 house invasion scene in John Wick and given it’s by the same director, that might be a fair comparison. 

Some people could be turned off by the violence in the movie but it shows the journey of a man’s life from boring man to a professional killer.

As the movie poster says, “Never Underestimate a Nobody”. I would rate the movie 4 out of 5 stars.