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Blu-ray Review: NOBODY

Jun 22 Posted by in DVD/Blu-ray, Reviews | Comments

Hutch Mansell (Bob Odenkirk) lives a pretty monotonous suburban life. Each morning he wakes up, makes breakfast, pours his coffee, and runs to the bus station to spend the day behind a desk at his father-in-law’s tool & die shop. Then comes home for family dinner, falls asleep, and starts it all over again. The only difference in his schedule is Tuesdays, when he usually forgets to put the trash out on the curb in time, and has to chase down and curse the truck. Hutch and his wife Becca (Connie Nielsen) haven’t been intimate in a long time—they even sleep with a pillow dividing their bed. There is no excitement in Hutch’s life, that is until there’s a break-in, and two masked strangers rob the family at gunpoint as Hutch does nothing to stop them. While his family, and especially his son look at him like a loser for the way he handles the situation, at the same time, this event awakens a darker side of Hutch that has layed dormant for the past 20 years.

Hutch is like an alcoholic who has been sober for ages, and just got his first taste of the thing he has been craving for so long. Hutch starts to explore this other side of himself, which has an appetite for violence, and he goes out looking for a fight. When he sees a bunch of drunk Russian punks harassing a woman on the bus, he unleashes the old Hutch. While his actions prove to be quite cathartic, they also cause him to become the target of a ruthless Russian mobster, Yulian Kuznetsov (Alexey Serebryakov), who becomes bent on getting his revenge. However, Yulian severely underestimates his unknown enemy—Hutch has a secret past, possesses a very particular set of skills, and will stop at nothing to protect his family. And now that his inner animal has been unleashed, he’s going to also have some fun doing it.

Nobody is an action-packed thrill ride that provides excitement and laughs from start to finish. It comes from the director of Hardcore Henry and writer of John Wick, and follows a similar story to the latter, with one man taking on and out entire armies all by himself. Except in this version, Hutch kind of brings the danger and vengeance upon himself when he goes out looking for a way to feel alive again after spending the past 20 years trying to live a normal, boring life. The film has so many amazing fight sequences that you just cant look away from. You would think Bob Odenkirk has been an action star all his career by the way he throws and takes the punches, and how is character is able to take down 5+ guys at once using both improvisation as well as well-planned strategic strikes. At the same time, the film also has a lot of humorous moments, which makes Odenkirk perfect for this role. With his role as Saul Goodman, Odenkirk proved that he also had dramatic chops while still delivering the humor, and with this film he adds action star to his resume, making it the perfect trifecta. Even though Hutch is the antihero, out there beating the crap out of people, there is still a sense of the humanity and loving family man that lies underneath his bloody exterior. What started off as just a way to feel alive again ends up putting Hutch and his family in danger, and he is put in the position of protecting his family thing—though Hutch can still have some fun while doing that.

Odenkirk is joined by an amazing cast who play some fun and unique characters. Yulian is a great villain, and is played to perfection by Alexey Serebryakov (who apparently is the Russian equivalent to Anthony Hopkins, according to one of the behind-the-scenes featurettes). Yulian’s job is to watch the money for the Russian mob’s equivalent of a 401(k), but he’d really like to be an entertainer, singing and dancing on stage at his night club. Alexey Serebryakov is able to capture both sides of this quirky character—the oddball entertainer, and the ruthless mobster out for bllod, who will stop at nothing to eliminate Hutch. He is able to instantly switch between these two personas. The film also features some delightful guest performances, including Christopher Lloyd and RZA playing Hutch’s family—and the skills run in the family!

Nobody is a visual treat. While there aren’t a whole lot of fancy visual tricks, the film does make use of some nice long tracking shots when possible, such as when we first meet Yulian. Many of the fight sequences take place in close quarters, so instead of flowing through the action, these tend to use quicker cuts, but these help to emphasize the fast-paced action. The film also features an excellent soundtrack, ranging from traditional pop jazz, to rhythm and blues, to rock-and-roll, and anything in-between. The songs are so perfectly paired with what’s happening on screen, and really enhance the experience and story. For example, “I’ve Gotta Be Me” by Steve Lawrence starts playing as Hutch first rediscovers his old self.

Universal’s Blu-ray release looks and sounds excellent. The picture remains clean, pristine and detailed throughout, no matter what time of day or night the scenes take place. The colors also look beautiful whether it’s the muted palette of the suburbs, or the more neon glow of Yulian’s club. The film make excellent use of the Atmos audio track to provide an immersive viewing experience, whether it’s the overhead sounds of footsteps as the house is being robbed or rain during a storm, the ambiance of the night club, the spraying of bullets, or just the everyday sounds that comprise the montage of Hutch’s morning routine. The film’s musical soundtrack sounds phenomenal, and dialogue remains clear and easy to understand throughout (except the Russian dialogue of course, but there are on-screen subtitles to understand that).

The release comes with both a Blu-ray and DVD disc placed on either side of a standard Blu-ray keepcase, with an embossed slipcover. The release also includes a sheet with redemption instructions for an HD Movies Anywhere-compatible digital copy of the film, plus a bonus Universal All-Access Rewards points code that can be used for a free digital movie or towards other rewards. Both discs contain the same bonus material—2 audio commentaries, 5 minutes of deleted scenes, and over 30 minutes of behind-the-scenes featurettes with the cast and filmmakers.



What’s Included:

Film: (1:31:41)

    Blu-ray:

    • 1080p / Widescreen 2.39:1
    • Audio: English Dolby Atmos, Spanish 7.1 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, English DVS (Descriptive Video Service)
    • Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French

    DVD:

    • 480i / Anamorphic Widescreen 2.39:1
    • Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, French5.1 Dolby Digital, English DVS (Descriptive Video Service)
    • Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French

    Digital (code may not be valid after 6/30/2022):

    • HD digital copy redeemable via Movies Anywhere or Vudu
    • Universal All-Access Rewards Code (Offer may not be valid after 12/31/2025)
      Code can be redeemed for points towards a free digital movie or other items in the new Universal All-Access Rewards program. The selection of free digital titles changes every month.

Extras:

    The same bonus material can be found on both discs. Play All, or select from:

  • Deleted Scenes (4:58)
    Collection of three related scenes that play back-to-back. Some of the footage seems to have been repurposed for when Yulia’s contact blackmails the government employee in the final cut of the film. First, Sarge looks at his bag of gold and calls his government contact to do a background check on his son-in-law, only to find The Barber waiting at his desk when he comes back with Hutch’s file. Then The Barber threatens Charlie and his father to stop looking into Hutch.
  • Hutch Hits Hard (3:52)
    A look at how Bob Odenkirk learned how to punch & kick and trained to become an action movie star. Includes behind-the-scenes-footage and interviews with stunt coordinator/2nd unit director Greg Rementer, producers David Leitch & Kelly McCormick, fight coordinator/cast trainer Daniel Bernhardt, star Bob Odenkirk (“Hutch Mansell”/producer), director Ilya Naishuller, and fight coordinator/stunt performer Kirk A. Jenkins.
  • Breaking Down the Action (19:07)
    An in-depth look at designing, building and filming four of the film’s big action sequences. Includes behind-the-scenes and pre-visualization footage, and interviews with producer David Leitch, director Ilya Naishuller, stunt coordinator/2nd unit director Greg Rementer, fight coordinator/stunt performer Kirk A. Jenkins, fight coordinator/cast trainer Daniel Bernhardt, special effects supervisor Shayne Elliott, stunt performer Brayden Jones, and stars star Bob Odenkirk, RZA (“Harry Mansell”) & Christopher Lloyd (“David Mansell”). Play All, or select from:

    • Bus Fight (5:31)
    • Home Invasion (4:19)
    • Car Chase (3:13)
    • Tool & Die (6:02)
  • Just a Nobody (12:53)
    The cast and creators discuss the genesis of the story (which was inspired by Bob Odenkirk’s own experiences with break-ins), finding the right writer and director, casting the film, the backstory of the characters, working with one another, the decision to make the bad guys Russians, and more. Includes behind-the-scenes footage, and interviews with producers Marc Provissiero, Kelly McCormick, Braden Aftergood & David Leitch, director Ilya Naishuller, and stars Bob Odenkirk, Connie Nielsen (“Becca Mansell”), Christopher Lloyd, RZA & Alexey Serbryakov (“Yulian Kuznetsov”).
  • Feature Commentary With Actor/Producer Bob Odenkirk and Director Ilya Naishuller (1:31:41)
    Star Bob Odenkirk and director Ilya Naishuller provide a really fun and entertaining commentary throughout the film, which they recorded 6 months before the film was released. Odenkirk talks about his own personal experience with break-ins and how it became the starting point for the film. The guys also discuss the amazing cast, the action sequences, and more. They share a lot of behind-the-scenes stories, and talk about some of the things that changed over the course of the production..
  • Feature Commentary With Director Ilya Naishuller (1:31:41)
    Director Ilya Naishuller also provides a solo commentary during the film. He shares even more stories about the evolution of the film, talking about how the production changed over time and how things differed from the original script due to clearance issues, etc. He also discusses how scenes were shot, filming during the pandemic, the cast and crew, the music, and a lot more. This commentary is more informative, while the first one is more entertaining.

 


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Must Own

Nobody is an awesome, action-packed film that is a fun, wild ride from start to finish. I have been a longtime fan of Bob Odenkirk’s work, and it’s great to see him now take on the role of action movie star as well—he adds a lot of humanity and humor to this character. The movie is smart and witty and features some intense and exciting action sequences. I could watch this film over and over again and still enjoy it every time. Universal’s Blu-ray release features a top notch, solid presentation (there is also a 4K release available), and includes an excellent assortment of bonus material that is sure to please fans. This is a must own release for any action movie fan, especially those who enjoy films like John Wick.