The single most appealing element of Bob Odenkirk, as an actor, is that he plays the subdued everyman to perfection. Fans of Better Call Saul and Breaking Bad know this but outside of Vince Gilligan’s Albuquerque criminal underworld, Odenkirk is still a relative unknown. Until now.
Yesterday the first official trailer for Nobody, starring Odenkirk, directed by Ilya Viktorovich Naishuller, (Hardcore Henry), and written by Derek Kolstad, who co-created the John Wick franchise, dropped and it felt like a mainstream breakthrough for Odenkirk.
The plot of Nobody rattles along like so:
Hutch Mansell (Bob Odenkirk) is a mild-mannered family man with no regard for violence as he suffers from PTSD. One night when two thieves break into his suburban home, he folds and declines to defend himself or his family, thinking it will cause another traumatic experience. His family and neighbor disown him as a nobody and they want nothing to do with him. But Mansell is hiding a dark secret and one which is about to erupt into bloody violence.
This could be Odenkrik’s moment to shine and cement himself as a formidable lead for future action movies. It’s also just wonderful to watch Saul finally crack some skulls.
Nobody is slated for release on February 26th, 2021.