Starring: Bob Odenkirk, Connie Nielsen, Christopher Lloyd, Gage Munroe, RZA, Aleksey Serebryakov, Colin Salmon, J.P. Manoux, Paul Essiembre, Paisley Cadorath
OUR RATING: ★★★★☆
Action thriller directed by Ilya Naishuller. Nobody (2021) follows Hutch Mansell (Bob Odenkirk), a mild mannered family man with no regards to violence, taking life’s indignities on the chin, and never pushing back. One night, when two thieves break into his suburban home, he folds and declines to defend himself or his family, hoping to prevent violence. His teenage son, Blake (Gage Munroe), is disappointed in him, and his wife, Becca (Connie Nielsen), seems to pull only further away. The aftermath of the incident strikes a match to Hutch’s long-simmering rage, triggering dormant instincts and propelling him on a brutal path that surfaces dark secrets and lethal skills. Then, when Hutch and his family are targeted by a vengeful Russian drug lord, he springs into action to protect his family and himself so he won’t be underestimated as a nobody again.
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Police: [referring to the robbers] So that’s how they got in, huh? Using a pizza box? Hutch Mansell: Yeah. Police: And the golf club? Did you even take a swing? Hutch Mansell: She had a, uh… Blake Mansell: Could’ve taken her, dad. Police: Look, you did the right thing, Mr. Mansell. You know, if that was my family…
Hutch Mansell: You scared? Abby Mansell: Why would I be? You’re here.
Blake Mansell: So I have to do a report on a veteran for history class. Think I could just interview you? Hutch Mansell: Yeah, sure, son. You know, I was an auditor, so kind of a nobody. That makes for a pretty dry story.
Neighbor: Heard you had some excitement last night. Hutch Mansell: Yeah, it was just… Neighbor: Man, I wish they’d have picked my place, you know? Could’ve used the exercise.
Charlie Williams: [referring to the robbers] Why didn’t you take them out? I mean, s**t, it’s child’s play. Hutch Mansell: I was just trying to keep damage to a minimum. Charlie Williams: Oh, yeah? How’s that working out for you?
Harry Mansell: [over radio] So, tell me about last night. Hutch Mansell: Word travels fast, huh? Harry Mansell: Look, if they know, I know, you know?
Hutch Mansell: [referring to the robbers] They were scared. Desperate. She had a gun. Harry Mansell: What kind? Hutch Mansell: It was an old .38 Special. Had electrical tape on the handle. It was a Smith & Wesson. Hadn’t been shot in a long while. And it was empty. Harry Mansell: Seriously? Hutch Mansell: Seriously. Harry Mansell: Now I know why you didn’t do what you didn’t do.
Harry Mansell: [to Hutch] Look, I know what you’re thinking about, and I wish you wasn’t. Don’t do nothing stupid. You hear me?
David Mansell: You okay? Hutch Mansell: I’m okay. David Mansell: You don’t look okay.
David Mansell: Do you remember who we used to be, Hutchie? I do.
Becca Mansell: How was today? Hutch Mansell: It was what it was.
Abby Mansell: I can’t find it. Hutch Mansell: You can’t find what? Abby Mansell: My kitty-cat bracelet.
Tattoo Shop Owner: So, who are you? Hutch Mansell: I’m just a man, who’s looking for someone. Tattoo Shop Owner: [referring to the FBI badge] Yeah, well, you probably shouldn’t flash cheese like that around here, bro. Hutch Mansell: There are three types of people who, as you say, “flash cheese”. People who don’t know any better. People who are seeking to intimidate. And people like me, who wish with every fiber of their being that someone would try to take it from them.
Hutch Mansell: [after breaking into the robbers home] I speak. You listen. You know why I’m here. Because I’m a good man. I’m a family man. Most of all, I’m a man who did not deserve your gun in his face. Now, the watch. The kitty-cat bracelet.
Hutch Mansell: Give me the goddamn kitty-cat bracelet, m*therf***er! Luis Martin: I don’t know what you’re talking about! I swear to God, I don’t know.
Hutch Mansell: They say God doesn’t close one door without opening another. Please, God, open that door.
[as he sees a group of thugs about to get on the bus] Hutch Mansell: This girl’s going to get home safe tonight. I hope these a**holes like hospital food.
Teddy Kuznetsov: What are you still doing here, old man? [Hutch empties the bullets from his gun] Hutch Mansell: I’m going to f*** you up.
Thug #1: [after Hutch has beaten them up] What the f*** are you saying? Teddy Kuznetsov: Nose is broken! Thug #2: My f***ing teeth. Is it bad? Thug #1: It’s bad.
Hutch Mansell: [looking beat up] Yeah. It’s been a hell of a day. Becca Mansell: I can see that.
Hutch Mansell: I miss you. Becca Mansell: I’m right here, Hutch. I’m always right here.
Hutch Mansell: Tonight, I was thinking. Becca Mansell: About what? Hutch Mansell: About… Becca. How we haven’t embraced in far too long. We haven’t shared a kiss in, I don’t know. We haven’t had sex in months. We haven’t made love in years. You seem so far away. I know that’s, it’s unfair to put it like that, but I just, I miss you.
Hutch Mansell: [to Becca] Remember who we used to be? I do.
Yulian Kuznetsov: Who did this to my brother? Thug #2: There was a man. He attacked us unprovoked. Yulian Kuznetsov: One man? Are you f***ing with me?
Thug #1: Yulian? Please don’t get more mad. You hated Teddy. Yulian Kuznetsov: Your words may be correct, but they are no less unwise.
Yulian Kuznetsov: [in Russian] What can you do? You don’t choose family Pavel: [in Russian] No, you don’t.
Blake Mansell: Dad, you look like s**t. Hutch Mansell: You should see the other guys.
Harry Mansell: [to Hutch] Last night, that was you, huh?
Harry Mansell: So how did it feel? Hutch Mansell: Like salvation day. Harry Mansell: Yeah, I bet.
Harry Mansell: Look, I’m happy that your relapse made you feel so good. But, man, you got a f***ing problem. Hutch Mansell: Yeah? Harry Mansell: One of those guys was the brother of Yulian Kuznetsov, and you don’t want to f*** with him, Hutch. I’m serious. Ask The Barber. He knows.
The Barber: Mr. Mansell. It has been some time. Hutch Mansell: That it has.
The Barber: What, pray tell, may we do for you, good sir? Hutch Mansell: What can you tell me about Yulian Kuznetsov? [the Barber picks up a file] Hutch Mansell: Am I really now that predictable? The Barber: From where I sit, Mr. Mansell, everyone is.
The Barber: Short story long, he’s as bad as they come. A connected, funded sociopath, with resources to make things complicated. Hutch Mansell: So he’s a bad guy?
Hutch Mansell: [referring to Yulian’s art collection] Anything good? The Barber: F*** if I know. But what I do know is, if he doesn’t know who you are yet, he will soon.
Beta: I wouldn’t worry about this Hutch guy. Your man here looks to be as vanilla as they come. Yulian Kuznetsov: If you can’t recognize a wolf in sheep’s clothing, I question the viability of your employment here.
The Barber: And if he can’t take care of a loose end like you, he’d have to give up his share of the Obshak. Yulian Kuznetsov: The Obshak? The Barber: Think of it like the 401K of the Russian mob. That’s hundreds of millions of dollars in cash, perpetually on the move, and Yulian is the current babysitter. That said, he’s more than a bit weary of this life. I think, if he had his way, he’d probably walk away.
Beta: [to Yulian after discovering Hutch’s real identity] I’m out. No need to pay. Good luck.
Hutch Mansell: Everybody, get to the basement. Becca Mansell: What? Hutch Mansell: Right now. Let’s go. Move!
Becca Mansell: Hutch, what is happening?! Hutch Mansell: [Hutch kisses her] Don’t call 9-1-1.
Hutch Mansell: I never met a Black Russian before. Pavel: Yeah. I get that a lot.
Pavel: Who the hell are you? Hutch Mansell: Nobody.
Hutch Mansell: Short story long, I used to be what they call an auditor for those three-letter agencies. An auditor, as in the last guy any organization wants to see at their door. I couldn’t arrest anyone, so I used to make sure that there was no one left to.
Hutch Mansell: Hey, Pops. That thing I had to go do, it escalated. Heads up, okay?
Becca Mansell: Come on, you got to give me something. Hutch Mansell: I will, but not now. I need to take care of this. Becca Mansell: What is this? Hutch Mansell: It is what it is. This is me. Becca, I love you, but I need you to trust me right now. Okay? Blind for the last time. I promise.
Hutch Mansell: I know your boss sent you here, but you got to know when to say no.
Hutch Mansell: [telling the story of one of the men he was hired to kill] And he started begging, like they all do, and I usually pulled the trigger before the waterworks began. But this time I listened. I heard a man who genuinely regretted his choices, and wanted nothing more than to shed his wolf skin and return to the pasture as a lamb. I quietly let Alan go. A year later, I went back to check on him, fully expecting to find him back unto the fold. Alan was living in Boise, Idaho. He had a wife. She came with two kids. They had another on the way. They had a dog. He was working nine to five. Nothing there to skim. And he was smiling. Like a goddamn Buddha. That m*therf***er!
Hutch Mansell: I am not a jealous guy, but in that moment, I wanted what Alan had. So I told my bosses I was out of the game. They were not happy to hear it. They didn’t believe I could do it. I gave it my all. I really did. It was good. You know, it was better than I expected. I might have, uh, overcorrected. But… [turns to see the two Russian gumen dead and sees Abbey’s bracelet on the floor] Hutch Mansell: Sneaky devil. F***ing kitty-cat bracelet.
Hutch Mansell: Deep down, I always knew it was a facade. It lasted a lot longer than I expected.
Hutch Mansell: [as he steals his neighbors car] Four point nine liter V-8, he said. Zero to sixty, and I’m about to find the f*** out.
Harry Mansell: Dude, f***ing with the Russians? Classic, Hutch. F***ing with that bats**t crazy Yulian? I mean, that’s a whole other level of recklessness, man. Hutch Mansell: I got to do what I got to do. Harry Mansell: Yeah, of course. Right, right, and get yourself shot. That’s going to solve everything.
Hutch Mansell: They came after my family. They came at dad. Harry Mansell: I know! Who the f*** you think helped Pop clean this s**t up? Hutch Mansell: I’ve got a plan. Harry Mansell: You got a f***ing plan. Listen, Hutch. I’m not coming out of hiding to save your white a**.
Yulian Kuznetsov: Enjoying the meal? Hutch Mansell: Oh. I came for the show. Yulian Kuznetsov: Cute.
Hutch Mansell: Now, on the one hand, there’s a long dormant piece of me now awake that wants so very badly to play this out. The other, more reasonable piece of me, what’s left of it, would like to end our little tête-à-tête right now. What’s done is done. After all, we can both rebuild, right? Yulian Kuznetsov: Right. Wait. Rebuild? Hutch Mansell: I burned it. All of it. Yulian Kuznetsov: What all? Hutch Mansell: Everything you have. Had. Everything you had.
Hutch Mansell: I mean, if this doesn’t make us even, because, after all, you came to my house, which you know you don’t f***ing do! Yulian Kuznetsov: You killed my brother. Hutch Mansell: The last I saw, he was still breathing. And based on what little I know of the man, that’s probably more than he deserved.
Hutch Mansell: Now, you can come after me, and if you succeed in taking me down, well, you’re still obligated to refinance the entire Obshak. Which begs the question, can you? Do you even want to? Because I’ve heard that you want out. What better time than right now? Let’s both quit. Right? You got a nest egg. I mean, besides from what’s still smoldering. So, hmm? Get some work done. Maybe open a tiki bar, in one of the lesser known Caribbean islands, and live your life far from me and mine. Think it over. I’ll be nearby.
Harry Mansell: Hey, Hutchie! Remember when I said don’t do nothing stupid? Because I wouldn’t come save your white a**? Well, here I f***ing am!
Hutch Mansell: You brought a lot of shotguns. David Mansell: Well, you brought a lot of Russians.
David Mansell: You know, I tried the retirement thing. I tried it. Sleep in late, breakfast, walk around the quad, lunch, nap, swim. But goddamn it, Hutchie, if I didn’t miss this s**t.
Yulian Kuznetsov: Had you just stolen the Obshak, we could have found a way out. But to burn it all down? Hutch Mansell: I got emotional. Yulian Kuznetsov: No. No, you got stupid, Mr. Mansell! And your family will pay the price!
Hutch Mansell: Everybody dies. Some sooner than others.
[to Hutch after he kills Yulian with a Claymore mine] David Mansell: Just a bit excessive, but glorious. Harry Mansell: Glorious, my a**.
Harry Mansell: Well, Hutchie, you both got what you wanted. And I got shot.
Hutch Mansell: [leaving a message] Becca, it’s me. I owe you everything. My life before you was, well, you know. Thanks for letting me pretend I was someone else. If you give me another chance, I’ll try to get it right this time. I love you.
Detective #1: Who the f*** are you? Hutch Mansell: Me? Me, I’m nobody. Detective #2: That ain’t much of an answer. Hutch Mansell: Trust me, it’s answer enough. Detective #1: That’s rich.
Realtor: Oh, it’s for you. Hutch Mansell: [takes her phone] Hutch here. [listens for a moment, gives the realtor back her phone] Hutch Mansell: Thanks. Does this house have a… Becca Mansell: A basement.
David Mansell: [mid-credits lines] Tell me again about that guy you shot on the stairs. Harry Mansell: It was three guys, Pops. Three. David Mansell: Really? I still don’t believe you. Harry Mansell: Well, it still happened.
David Mansell: Why can’t we just fly there? Harry Mansell: With this luggage? [they turn to look at the RV filled with guns] David Mansell: [laughs] Oh, yeah.