Nobody ★★½

The underrated TV star Bob Odenkirk gives a movie-star performance in this kinetic, sharply-directed but disposable action drama Nobody. Directed by Ilya Naishuller, the film follows a suburban father who let loose and gets revenge from the bad people who ignited his long-standing secret, dark hunger for gun violence. Nobody follows the same blueprint like John Wick but attains a certain attitude and energy thanks to Naishuller’s vibrant direction of action stunts. But the essence that you make up of all this chaotic mess is pure hollow and rubbish.

Hyperactive violence and gun-toting fireworks are always a mainstay in American cinema, but to what extent are we responsible for the people who misinterpret the violence portrayed onscreen? Again, Naishuller could have improved the writing to atone the characters’ motivations aside from the weaknesses of his film’s theme. But with this material, the audiences are only SUPPOSED to enjoy and celebrate the shooting of human beings and that’s it. Naishuller gives us a limited, short-lasting, and numbed sensation of why violence has to be done and overcome. It felt irresponsible, and misplaced given the circumstances of gun violence in the country. It’s almost as if it’s a GUN PORN for people who uses guns.

Michael Haneke did a wonderful experiment of this cinematic phenomenon via Funny Games which altered the audiences’ psychological perceptions on violence portrayed on media.

Overall, Odenkirk is pretty solid in lead as well as the supporting cast who gives sturdy support for his performance. But above all, Nobody is pretty much a nobody to me. It gives us the thrills but to no lingering satisfaction.

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