Writer: Adam Marcus, Debra Sullivan (Screenplay)
Starring: Olga Kurylenko, Morgan Freeman, James Purefoy, Jenna Saras, Greg Kriek, Richard Lothian, Adam Marcus
Plot: Alex, a mysterious thief, is pulled in by her former partner for one last heist. She quickly finds it was never just about the diamonds. A brutal murder sparks a cat and mouse chase between Alex and a master assassin. Now she must uncover the lies behind the heist and discover the secrets behind the men who have made her a target.
Runtime: 1 Hour 36 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Verdict: Action 101
Story: Momentum starts as we see how Alexis (Kurylenko) operates her heist team and takes control when things go wrong, she finds herself needing an escape after her identity is revealed on the latest heist, this isn’t her only problem though, her team have take evidence that could bring down a Senator (Freeman) who has hired an assassin Mr Washington (Purefoy) to retrieve the video.
Alexis must stay ahead of Mr Washington who is relentlessly searching for information including going after the family of her former partner.
Thoughts on Momentum
Characters – Alexis is a master thief, she can put a team together to get any job done with a team even after trying to get out of the life. The latest job goes wrong and Alexis must stay ahead of an assassin that wants her latest score which could bring down a Senator. We see all her skills in evading capture and taking out enemies one at a time. Mr Washington is the assassin who is guiding a team in search of a drive for the Senator, he will do whatever he can to get information and isn’t afraid to kill anyone who gets in his way. The Senator is trying to cover up his own secrets using the assassination team.
Performances – Olga Kurylenko is good in this leading role, she can handle the action well and can get the emotional moments down well enough. James Purefoy looks like he is enjoying the villainous role getting the speech moments while being the sadistic assassin. Morgan Freeman doesn’t need to do that much other than be a man on the other end of the phone. The rest of the cast don’t get too much to do either.
Story – The story follows Alexis a thief that has been trying to get out of the business, when she completes one more job, she finds herself needing play cat-n-mouse with the assassin set to clean up the senator’s mistakes. This does follow the routine that we would imagine seeing from the action thriller genre with each encounter becoming more intense for the two sides involved. The story never tests us which is fine, any twists coming we would expect to see through the film, for the action genre we get everything we need to see.
Action/Crime – The action is shooting, fighting and shows us just what Alexis is capable of when it comes to fighting to survive. The crime in the film shows how a routine robbery turns into a deadly game.
Settings – The film doesn’t get any major settings to work with, the highlight being the station scene which keeps everything on edge during the end of the film.
Final Thoughts – This is a simple to watch action film, it keeps everything easy to watch for the action junkie without pulling us to the edge of our seats in the film.
Overall: Simple and enjoyable.