Nobody (12A, 91 minutes)
Most people will know Bob Odenkirk from his star turn as Saul Goodman in the hit crime drama Better Call Saul – a character that first appeared in the Emmy winning show Breaking Bad.
But in no one’s imagination would I expect anyone to see the 58 year-old – who has as many awards for his work as a comedy writer as he does for acting – as the latest action hero.
Nobody is one of the surprises of the year so far as the most drab man in the world ambles through an unremarkable life, embedded in a boring routine of working for his father in law during the day and coming home to an unresponsive wife and disrespectful teenage son. Only his young daughter shows him any affection.
A break in at the house looks like the last straw as his frustration begins to boil up and it would be easy at this point to assume that Nobody is going to follow the Michael Douglas in Falling Down route, but you would be very wrong.
Because this grey, anonymous family man is much more than he seems. Far from being one of life’s meek punchbags pushed to the edge, he has just, as he eventually puts it, over corrected from his life before he decided to settle down.
Once look at the screenwriter’s name should fill in most of the blanks.
Derek Kolstad is the creator of the John Wick franchise and with Hutch Mansell it looks like he could well have another on the go because Odenkirk is nothing short of brilliant in this explosive thriller that puts a killer in a cardigan.
Yes, we’ve seen it all before, ageing dad rediscovers his particular set of skills – although not without a collection of his own cuts and bruises.
The run in with the Russian mob is so overused it has become a cliche, but Nobody handles it all with a deft charm that is wonderfully entertaining and makes many of the other films in this genre pale in comparison.