The Rhythm Section (2020) Movie Review

Director: Reed Morano

Writer: Mark Burnell (Screenplay)

Starring: Blake Lively, Jude Law, Sterling K Brown, Max Casella, Raza Jaffrey, Richard Brake

Plot: A woman seeks revenge against those who orchestrated a plane crash that killed her family.


Tagline – Witness The Birth Of An Assassin

Runtime: 1 Hour 49 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: The Rhythm Section starts as Stephanie Patrick (Lively) has fallen off the rails after her family was killed in terrorist attack, when a reporter Keith Proctor (Jaffrey) approaches her with information about who arranged the bombing which will lead her to Iain Boyd (Law) a former MI6 agent who has been working on the case for years.

Iain will train Stephanie to fight back against people, teaching her to become an assassin, so she can hunt down the people involved in the attack hoping to get her own closure.

Thoughts on The Rhythm Section

Characters & Performances – Stephanie Patrick lost everything in a terrorist attack, her whole family killed leading her to a life of drugs and prostitution, until a reporter finds her and offers her a way out, a chance to learn the truth, a chance to hunt down the people who committed the attack, which will see her trained and put into a position where she is left to make the moral decisions about taking a life or not. Blake Lively does a great job in this role, she shows us the broken version of the character, as well as showing us just how unprepared her character is for the situations, she finds herself in. Iain Boyd is the former MI6 agent that ends up training Stephanie, teaching her the harsh reality of this world she is entering and showing her what it means to fight for your life against someone who won’t stop. He is honest and will make sure she learns the hard way if she is ever going to understand what it takes. Jude Law is strong at the mentor role, which will see him taking control of the scenes and being the one moving the story forward. Mark Serra is the information man that connects the criminals, that Stephanie must get close to if she wants to learn the truth, he will always use money to get what he wants, remaining calm through each interaction he has. Sterling K Brown is great here too, showing the calm presence in a world which could be so destructive.

StoryThe story here follows a woman who lost everything in a terrorist attack who gets a chance to learn who did it and get trained in combat so she can get revenge on the people who took everything from her. This does show us the stress and pain bough ton by being the lone survivor of a family after a terrorist attack and by having a more everyday person, we get to see how they must learn and not being as well skilled when it comes to doing the darker sides of revenge, it shows us how the world can be filled with people looking to take advantage of people who will be willing to do the dirty work for them.

ThemesWe do get to dive into the action side of this film, with plenty of close combat moments, as well as showing us the slow build up for scenes, using the tension to let the action explode onto the scene, we get to see the characters travel the world, which we are used to seeing, which shows us just how big the network can be.

 

The Rhythm Section is a smart thriller that might not bring us much new, but it does everything we would expect a thriller to do.

ABC Film Challenge – Comedy – Y – You Can’t Say No (2018) Movie Review

Director: Paul Kramer

Writer: Hus Miller (Screenplay)

Starring: Hus Miller, Hamish Linklater, Marguerite Moreau, Peter Fonda, Julie Carman, William Shockley, Annie Monroe, Christopher Redman

Plot: Just days from signing divorce papers, Hank and Alexandra give their relationship one final shot by playing a game with only one rule: no matter what they ask each other to do, they can’t say no.


Tagline – There is only one rule.

Runtime: 1 Hour 31 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: You Can’t Say No starts as Hank (Miller) and Alex (Moreau) are finalising their divorce papers when they agree to try one last thing, a game where the other person can’t say no, leading them to do the things they never imagined trying together, learning they are closer than they thought, but can this save their marriage once and fall all or will it be the end of their time together.

Thoughts on You Can’t Say No

ThoughtsYou Can’t Say No follows the couple about to go through their divorce before they try one more thing to see if it is the right decision, a game where they simply can’t say no to anything the other wants to try, leading to them moving outside their comfort zones and putting them in a better position to know what they want in the future. This story does show what people would do to try and make a marriage work out before deciding to call it quits, while certain things might well be completely outside the box, certain ones do feel like a natural move to make. The acting in the film is strong enough for the comedy to work even with a role Peter Fonda looks out of place for with his reputation. One of the disappointing parts of the film does come from seeing the children almost pushed out of the film for large part even though they could have used one part as a bigger talking point.

Final Thoughts You Can’t Say No is an easy to watch comedy about love and what it makes people do.