The Hitman's Bodyguard is a 2017 American action comedy film directed by Patrick Hughes and starring Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman, and Salma Hayek. The film follows a bodyguard (Reynolds) who must protect a convicted hitman (Jackson), who's on his way to testify at the International Criminal Court against a sadistic, Eastern European dictator (Oldman).
The Hitman's Bodyguard was released in the United States on August 18, 2017, and grossed $176 million worldwide. Critics praised the performances and chemistry of Reynolds and Jackson and the action sequences, but criticized the clichéd plot and execution. A sequel, Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard, was released on June 16, 2021