BAXTER — “Nobody” is going to stop them — “them” being bad guys and the “nobody” is award-winning actor Bob Odenkirk.
The crime drama features plenty of action, if not a big-name action star, in Emmy winner Odenkirk as just a “nobody” intent on protecting his family from the Russian mob.
The new release began playing Friday, March 26, at the Lakes 12 Theatre in Baxter (and will start playing at the Sunset Cinema in Pequot Lakes when that theater reopens Friday, April 2).
The R-rated motion picture from Universal Pictures opens with a days-of-the-week montage establishing how repetitive and boring Hutch Mansell’s life is on the job and in suburbia.
Odenkirk plays Mansell with an air of resignation, as if the blue-collar worker’s best days are behind him, with a family that doesn’t respect him or expect much out of the middle-aged man.
The underestimated and overlooked man is also an estranged husband and father of two who interrupts a home invasion by a pair of inept robbers who thrusts a handgun in his face.
He grabs a golf iron and has the opportunity to clobber one of the intruders, a masked young woman, while his teenage son gets the jump on the other, a young man in disguise.
But Mansell opts not to resort to violence, and he surprisingly instructs his son to free the man, which he does but gets punched in the face before the police arrive at the home they share.
The man and woman make off in the dark from Mansell’s residence with $20 and an old watch of his before he later returns to the sectioned-off bed he shares with his disappointed wife.
Mansell finds himself surrounded daily by alpha males, from his tough-as-nails father-in-law played by character actor Michael Ironside, who is also Mansell’s boss, to Mansell’s gun-toting brother-in-law and coworker, to Mansell’s blustering, loudmouth neighbor with the muscle car.
But Christopher Lloyd plays Mansell’s father, a passive man and retired FBI agent who passes his days in a nursing home far from his son’s unresolved anger issues and bottled-up emotions.
Only Mansell’s daughter shows any signs of love and respect for him. When he asks if his little girl was scared during the armed robbery, she replies she wasn’t because he was home.
She asks days later if anyone has seen her kitty cat bracelet. Mansell then suspects the home intruders accidentally took it from the bowl of spare change, so he decides to track them down.
“Give me the (expletive) kitty cat bracelet, (expletive)!”
— Hutch Mansell
Of little real value, the bracelet is the proverbial “straw that breaks the camel’s back” and sets Mansell off down a violent and dangerous path involving fistfights, shootouts and explosions.
Moviegoers get their first hint of the real Mansell when he fails to recover the bracelet and rides the bus home dejectedly. Mansell encounters a group of young men who intimidate and harasses a young woman during his lonely ride home and decides to protect her at all cost by being no more “Mr. Nice Guy.”
He empties all the bullets out of the revolver that he earlier borrowed from his father and then, although greatly outnumbered, proceeds to engage in hand-to-hand combat with the hooligans.
Bloodied and bruised from the altercation on the bus — but also seemingly elated and at ease finally — Mansell returns home and the next day appears more alive than he has ever been.
The short-lived domestic tranquility is interrupted later one night by masked gunmen with automatic weapons sent by the vengeful brother of one of those on the bus Mansell beat up.
Mansell quickly escorts his wife and children to a hidden safe room in their home and tells her inexplicably not to call 911 before taking on these other home intruders one-on-one.
Odenkirk plays Mansell understatedly at the start of the motion picture, which makes it all the more believable when he finally explodes by embracing his past life as an efficient killer.
Television viewers may recognize the 58-year-old actor from his roles as an inept Bemidji police chief in the crime drama “Fargo” and the “Breaking Bad” spin-off “Better Call Saul.”
Lloyd is also no stranger to TV viewers for his role in the comedy series “Taxi” but is also known for his co-starring role as Dr. Emmett Brown in the “Back to the Future” sci-fi movie trilogy.
EMBED: You got what it takes to Fight Like a Nobody? They did. Watch fight coordinator @_d_bernhardt train Blake Webber, @fousey, @wuzgood, @Tonydirects1, @garrettginner, @LuanPalomera, @TheEvelynG and @warpzonetweets on how to kick some a$$ at 87North. #NobodyMovie is in theaters now. pic.twitter.com/bqGmi2Niax
You got what it takes to Fight Like a Nobody? They did. Watch fight coordinator @_d_bernhardt train Blake Webber, @fousey, @wuzgood, @Tonydirects1, @garrettginner, @LuanPalomera, @TheEvelynG and @warpzonetweets on how to kick some a$$ at 87North. #NobodyMovie is in theaters now. pic.twitter.com/bqGmi2Niax— Nobody (@NobodyMovie) March 27, 2021
“Nobody” was written by Derek Kolstad, creator of the ultraviolent “John Wick” film franchise that starred Keanu Reeves, and many critics have noted the similarities between the two.
The movie holds an impressive 81% approval rating among critics and a 95% approval rating among audiences at Rotten Tomatoes, a review-aggregation website for film and television.
“‘Nobody’ doesn't break any new ground for the genre, but this viscerally violent thriller smashes, shatters, and destroys plenty of other things — all while proving Bob Odenkirk has what it takes to be an action star,” according to the critics’ consensus on Rotten Tomatoes.