Director: Patrick Hughes
Writers: Robbie Fox and Chris Bremner
Starring: Kevin Hart, Woody Harrelson, Kaley Cuoco, Jasmine Matthews, Lela Loren, Pierson Fodé, Jencarlos Canela, and Ellen Barkin
The Man from Toronto feels like something you’ve seen before, with a very predictable mistaken identity premise and a fair few familiar plot points. What makes it worth watching is that since the two leads are so good in their roles it’s very easy to overlook its formulaic approach.
Kevin Hart stars as Teddy, a salesman aspiring to create a new fitness sensation with non-contact boxing. After planning a romantic weekend with his wife, Lori (Jasmine Matthews), he drives to the wrong cabin and is mistaken for top assassin/torturer ‘The Man from Toronto’ (Woody Harrelson). The FBI storm the cabin and decide to enlist Teddy to stop a terrorist plot.
Kevin Hart does his usual loud comedy that’s genuinely really funny, while Woody Harrelson is playing a more sinister and straight character, but still gets a few laughs. They both work really well together bouncing off each other as the unlikely duo join together to complete the original mission. You pretty know how it’s going to go, they start of as enemies, but learn to tolerate each other as the film goes along and start to learn from one another.
The plot plays out pretty much exactly how you’d expect it to, and while it does feel a tad too long it’s never boring or tedious. The story has a few twists, most of which you’ll see coming, but it’s still enjoyable to watch and it’s done really well. It kind of feels like The Hitman’s Bodyguard, but actually worth watching, but the characters are great and it’s actually funny.
With a great cast and plenty of laugh-out-loud moments, The Man from Toronto more than makes up for its predictable plot. It’s a solid action-comedy that’s really entertaining and easy to watch.
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