The best Patrick Hughes movies and where to watch them
Patrick Hughes is an Australian director and screenwriter who is currently making his mark in the action genre. With his latest project, The man from Toronto, released recently this year, one can’t help but wonder what other films he’s lent his watchful eye to, but take a look at this list and you’ll be instantly impressed. He has written and directed countless short films, such as The lighter and Panels which garnered much respect and numerous accolades, but after making his directorial debut in feature films in 2010, his career skyrocketed.
It wouldn’t be a surprise if Hughes had watched plenty of comedies and spaghetti westerns in his youth as his movies seem to be heavily influenced by themes from those genres. It seems to favor intense action scenes that feel very Tarantino-like, as well as boldly funny humor that breaks up the tension of those scenes with eerie ease. If his previous credits are anything to go by, Hughes definitely has a knack for movies that push the boundaries of action comedy and entertain a variety of audiences. Now, without further ado, here are five of the best Patrick Hughes movies and where you can watch them.
An intense and biting thriller, red hill was the first feature film directed by Hughes. Between the small town setting and the old trope of sheriff vs. villain, this movie is pretty much a modern take on classic westerns. The film centers on Shane, a young cop who moves to Red Hill with his pregnant wife. After receiving a cold reception from the Red Hill police, he learns that a dangerous convict has escaped from prison to get revenge on his new boss. However, Shane faces a moral conflict when the would-be villain spares his life.
With themes from corruption, justice and sweet old revenge, red hill is the ultimate story of an outlaw’s quest for revenge, filled with fearless gunslingers and highly entertaining shootouts.
With the first two Consumables the films having been giant successes, Sylvester Stallone was looking for a new director who could make the third installment an even better film than its predecessors. Enter Patrick Hughes, whose short film Panels impressed Stallone enough that he got the job.
The Expendables is a film series that follows a group of elite mercenaries and their many missions. The franchise is an ode to the classic 80s action movies of which Stallone himself was a part. It also featured a powerful ensemble cast of virtually every action movie star to ever grace the silver screen, with Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Mel Gibson, Wesley Snipes, Bruce Willis, and Harrison Ford having played roles in the franchise, to name a few.
The third film focuses on a particular mission given by the CIA to capture an arms dealer who not only co-founded the Expendables, but was also originally thought to be dead. But it’s not that easy for the team, as they must overcome their bad blood and thirst for revenge in order to take him alive so he can finally stand trial for his crimes.
Featuring Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman, and Salma Hayek, The Hitman’s Bodyguard is a hilarious action-comedy and the third feature film directed by Hughes. It centers on a hitman named Kincaid, who is sent to The Hague so he can testify against a vicious dictator named Dukhovich. However, while escorted by several Interpol agents, Kincaid is targeted by Dukhovich’s men before he gets a chance to testify. Surviving the attempt on his life, he is transferred to an Interpol safe house and Michael Bryce, a highly trained bodyguard and former CIA officer, is assigned to protect him.
The chemistry between Jackson and Reynolds is a real treat for any viewer and is quite reminiscent Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy in 48 hours or even John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson in pulp Fiction. They’re delightfully funny, and the comedic duo play their scenes to the hilt. The comedy, coupled with the spectacular action sequences, made this film a star of Hughes’ ever-growing resume.
An ambitious sequel to what was a phenomenal action blockbuster, Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard brings back the original all-star cast, plus some fantastic new additions including Antonio Banderas, Morgan FREEMAN, Tom Hopper, and Frank Grillo. This time around, Kincaid’s wife (Salma Hayek) asks for Bryce’s help after her husband is kidnapped by gangsters. While doing so, they are caught by an Interpol agent, but instead of arresting them, he enlists their services in order to locate a terrorist and business tycoon named Aristotle.
Among light comedy and big budget blowouts is the story of two friends whose loyalties are tested but who ultimately win out in the most absurd of situations. This movie is easy to watch and goes well with a large bag of popcorn.
The Man from Toronto (2022)
When that film was released on June 24, 2022, Hughes once again proved himself to be a shrewd director with an eye for the action-comedy genre. Kevin Hart plays a failed internet athletics instructor and general mistake, who is mistaken for a mysterious assassin played by Woody Harrelson, known as the Toronto Man. They are then both hired by a future Venezuelan dictator determined to seize power. The film is an almost corny take on traditional cop buddy movies, but one that’s not meant to be taken all that seriously. It’s a fun, dynamic and extremely entertaining movie that you can watch and enjoy with the whole family.