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The Rhythm Section

Published April 26, 2020

The Rhythm Section

Film info

  • Title The Rhythm Section
  • Director Reed Morano
  • Year 2020
  • Run time 1hr 49m
  • Genres Thriller, Action
  • Tagline Witness the birth of an assassin

Blake Lively stars as Stephanie Patrick, a woman on a path of self-destruction after her family is tragically killed in a plane crash. When she discovers the wreck was no accident, Stephanie enters the dark, complex world of international espionage seeking vengeance. Her search leads to Iain Boyd (Jude Law), a former MI6 agent who trains her to hunt down those responsible. With nothing left to lose, Stephanie transforms from victim to assassin and discovers that neither revenge nor the truth are what they appear in this action-packed thriller from the producers of James Bond.

Live blog

Time Comment
5:03 Babs Broccoli’s involved - hooray!
12:18 Wow, I don’t think I’ve ever seen an investigation wall go round the whole room.
17:04 “You’re another victim, you’re just not dead yet.”
21:59 Every time she goes indoors the music stops. She needs headphones.
26:27 That’s a really long way to go without knowing what you’re really going for.
31:37 Scary how intel people know everything!
34:27 Training montage!! Love to learn from an actual SAS person.
35:46 “Drown. Or quit. I don’t care.” Hmm, maybe not love to learn from him actually.
38:47 A very different walk of shame.
43:02 DOUBLE TAP! Or as he puts it, never less than two. Not as catchy.
48:22 She has languages going for her. And also persistence.
55:22 “I will not stay silent.” Yea lady!
59:43 Loving the wig game.
1:04:43 Feel like the silencer on the gun was a bit pointless after all that.
1:07:28 Well this is the slowest car chase of all time.
1:14:20 Ah that explains everything! She’s getting smarter too.
1:20:21 He’s so smart. Brutal.
1:27:12 Just had to pause to fathom that all out, but following it so far.
1:35:11 Wait, wait, wait. There’s a bomb on the bus! Reference!
1:43:59 “I hope I never see you again,” when we all know they are dream team.

Thoughts

The biggest problem with this movie is with the name, it leads you into thinking you’re probably going to be watching a nice, gentle music movie but that’s not what this is. Once you get your head around it though, things get a lot better.

I didn’t particularly warm to Stephanie’s character but you have to admire her persistence, particularly during the training montage scenes. And it’s always a nice change to have a spy thriller where the main character isn’t completely flawless and unbeatable. She gets a lot wrong, makes mistakes and lucks into a few results and that’s what makes her interesting.

Overall a good movie, obviously they’re trying to set it up as the beginning of a series but I don’t know if it will have been successful enough to warrant a sequel. We’ll see!

Rating: 4 / 5

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