During the coronavirus pandemic, it was not uncommon for movies produced for the cinema to end up on a streaming service, for distributors, this meant one of the few opportunities to continue to make money in some way.
The animation sector in particular was affected, even big productions such as “Hotel Transylvania 4”, “The Mitchells against the machines” and “Turning Red” were not spared from this development.
Meanwhile, calm has gradually returned, so suspicion arises with each new example of this type of transfer.
In addition to the external conditions that make this sale partly necessary, there is, as we know, another potential reason for streaming: the film is simply too bad for the cinema. And this also applies to “The Man from Toronto,” which was recently being considered for a proper theatrical release, but has now been abandoned on Netflix.
Teddy (Kevin Hart) is not exactly a winner, in fact, in his environment he has been baptized a verb that always comes into play when someone makes a stupid mistake. But his previous run of bad luck is nothing compared to what awaits him when he checks into an Airbnb cabin that was actually meant for Randy (Woody Harrelson).
In this case, the mistake could easily prove fatal, as the man also known as “The Man from Toronto” is a hitman who wanted to use the flat for his business.
The FBI sees great opportunity in this mix-up as Teddy must pose as the wanted criminal. The latter, in turn, has followed the trail of the possible copy of him…
However, the premise and the cast sounded like something that could have been quite successful.
Kevin Hart and Woody Harrelson is a duo worth seeing on the big screen.
The action comedy genre about two people who couldn’t be more different is a classic nonetheless, and remains a popular production and an audience favorite.
With Patrick Hughes they also found the right director for such a task, at least on paper.
After all, his Killer’s Bodyguard, in which a bodyguard and a hit man are forced to go on a crazy adventure together, worked similarly to “The Man from Toronto.” And with success, if the box office results are adequate. The movie wasn’t really good, but fun enough to pass the time.
“The Man from Toronto” is hardly funny at all. Instead of passing the time, what to do is waste it.
After Kevin Hart recently tried his hand at acting for real and taking on a new role in Fatherhood, here he’s back to his standard.
His performance is limited to babbling jokes and stupid things happening to him, this was already monotonous in his last films. He also this time he does not do more than necessary.
Things go better with Harrelson, who gives his killer a basically engaging mix of dry humor and cold detachment. But that is useless if the script is so weak that this talent is rendered useless.
This is also noticeable because the duration of 112 minutes is completely oversized.
Boredom is not a rare side effect here, if you can bear it to the end.
For this, a very high tolerance level is needed for annoying characters, if only the action scenes would make the desert of content and humor bloom. But they’re just as uninspired, plus they have to deal with cheap special effects that one would take at best in a B-movie.
However, “The Man from Toronto” is a good argument to go back to the movies more often. Because there, at least, one would save this throwaway product.