Badass ladies kicking the butts of bad asshole guys.
Stars: Noomi Rapace, Sophie Nélisse, Indira Varma
Director: Vicky Jewson
Synopsis: A counter-Terrorism export takes on a bodyguard job that requires a female to help protect a rich young heiress, Zoe, after the recent death of her father. Zoe (Sophie Nélisse), used to getting her own way and being able to do whatever she wants, and Sam (Noomi Capase), used to a much different kind of job, both have to rise above their dislikes and differences when violent kidnappers come for Zoe and they have to go on the run together in order to save their own lives and figure out who hired the kidnappers.
Opinion: Gritty, action packed and well executed, this movie starts off with very contrasting introduction scenes for our key characters. It highlights how very different their lives are at each moment before bringing them together which works really well to show how and why they clash so easily, and then helps cause tension between the two until the real storyline (kidnapping) kicks in. It’s fast paced, action packed and violent which keeps the viewer hooked and on the edge of their seat for much of the film. On top of that is a storyline that twists and turns causing you to constantly second guess what you think is actually happening and even when you think you’re 100% sure you’ve figured it all out, everything changes, and you realise you’ve been wrong the entire time. While I’m not about to declare this as the greatest action/thriller I’ve ever seen, it’s definitely a decent watch for anyone who enjoys the genre. It’s also kind of great to see a female in the lead badass bodyguard roll because usually those are assigned to men but, as this movie shows, ladies can kick ass too.
Packs a Punch: As action movies go, this one has a great mix of gun fights, car chases and fist fights. Some of it is pretty intense and gory but it always stays true to the feel of the scene and never seems comical or over the top for any of the characters to have the abilities they do.