The subgenre of "older man does action" is something that's grown in popularity over time. From Liam Neeson in 2008 with "Taken" to Keanu Reeves with "John Wick," audiences flock to see what's next. It doesn't always work, but it's like a shot of adrenaline to the system when it does. Where does Bob Odenkirk stack up in this crowded old-man kicks but group? Well, all I know is, it made for quite an entertaining 90-minute watch. We follow Odenkirk's Hutch Mansell, your typical everyman who, as his home is broken into one night, declines to defend himself or his family. This awakens a particular set of skills in Hutch that he's tried to keep buried. If that sounds like a rather familiar concept, you're not far off the mark.

Produced and written by the folks behind "John Wick," "Nobody" delivers on the action movie goods. If you were a fan of any of those films, you're going to have an absolute blast watching Odenkirk kick butt. Fans of "Breaking Bad" will know Odenkirk as the sleazy Saul Goodman and will enjoy seeing him get his moment to shine. Performing most of his own stunts gives the film much higher stakes. That's certainly not a dig against Odenkirk, but it's nice to have a lead take as many hits as he delivers in this sort of film. Seeing Hutch grow into the action man skills we know he has is rewarding once he uses them in full force.

Combined with Odenkirk, it's the one-two punch of writer Derek Kostlad and director Ilya Naishuller that make it work. Here they both have the tricky job of explaining how this crime world works without overexplaining it. We learn enough about Hutch's upbringing with Christopher Lloyd and The RZA that we instantly buy their action skills. At the same time, we learn just enough of the villain's motivation without having to listen to scenes of expository dialogue. Thanks to the tightened running time, it lets the film focus on delivering the action movie goods. This lack of information could also be the detriment to the enjoyment some could have with the film.

If you're looking for thorough explanations as to how everyone got where they are, you'll be disappointed. In some cases, this sort of action film can rely on explaining things to showcase the world. The explanation would've been interesting; it's not the point of this film. Odenkirk and his co-stars showing off their skills take the stage, which allows the film to focus on its action, which furthers the fact that, if you're not a fan of this sort of brisk action film, you'll be quite bored. Thankfully with a cast who's game for just about any crazy stunt, the finished product is quite entertaining.

"Nobody" is the sort of film that isn't going to leave you with a mixed response. You're either going to go along with the ridiculousness or check out immediately. As a fan of this sort of action-centric film, I went along with it right from the start. There's a great sense of self-awareness in the performers and filmmakers, knowing exactly what they want to accomplish. Taking no shortcuts, they're able to do so without audiences ever looking at their watch. It's a rather difficult feat to accomplish, but one that's done with such precision that you have to acknowledge it. If you want an excuse to go back to the theaters, I really can't think of anything better than "Nobody." If you'd like to wait, you'll thankfully be able to stream the film from the comfort of your home 45 days after its theatrical release.

Rating: 7.5/10

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This looks like a lean mean action machine!

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