THE MAN FROM TORONTO
Starring: Kevin Hart, Woody Harrelson, Jasmine Mathews, Ellen Barkin, Kaley Cuoco, Lela Loren, Pierson Fode, Jencarlos Canela, and Kate Drummond
Director: Patrick Hughes
It’s easy to see why Sony offloaded The Man from Toronto to Netflix because it’s a stinker. Kevin Hart plays yet another variation of his go-to archetype (see: Ride Along, Central Intelligence, The Wedding Ringer, Get Hard, Night School...you get the idea), while Woody Harrelson’s titular assassin is so weirdly characterized that he’s neither menacing nor likable. To the movie’s credit, it features a lengthy fight sequence edited to look like it was shot in a single-take that is decent, but it also features some of the worst green screen effects that I’ve seen in quite a while. Overall, it’s probably amongst 2022’s worst movies.
Every Kevin Hart led action-comedy blends together. Is this better than Ride Along? Who’s to say? How about Central Intelligence? No idea. Just like those films, The Man From Toronto really doesn’t leave a lasting impression. It’s a relatively generic film with a couple laughs that could be much funnier than it is. The one saving grace is the final fight scene (reminiscent of the church battle royale from Kingsman: The Secret Service) which is way too good for a film this mediocre.
I knew exactly what The Man From Toronto was and where it was going from the first six minutes. A couple chuckles aside, the vast majority of the humour is cheap jokes that don’t land. Kevin Hart and Woody Harrelson have some decent chemistry, and there is one really well-coordinated and funny action sequence; but overall, they took a somewhat decent concept and made it painfully predictable. I feel like I’ve seen this movie a hundred times already.
The premise of The Man From Toronto is funny, a basic comedy of errors, but truth be told, I can’t stand Kevin Hart. If you like him, then you’re probably going to enjoy this movie; However, if you’re like me, then you have to hope the rest of the cast is funny. Unfortunately, most of the humor is just from the increasing absurdity of the plot and not much else. The special effects are severely lacking in several areas, but at least the fight choreography is pretty good. All in all, it's a solid premise that ends up falling flat.