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.

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