The Rhythm Section
The Rhythm Section isn’t in any way original or plausible, but it is a fairly decent British spy type drama. It’s a bit of a slow burn with sporadic moments of intense action, and a plot that has a nice twist at closing stages.
The film itself is carried by Blake Lively’s raw but real performance as Stephanie, a woman woken from her life and sent on a quest for revenge for her family who were killed in a plane crash some three years earlier.
We first meet Stephanie as an unattractive, drug-addicted sex worker, whose latest client turns out to be a reporter writing an expose on the plan crash – hint, it wasn’t an accident and the British government are covering it up. I did tell you it wasn’t original, didn’t I?
Stephanie is pushed in the direction of a reclusive former MI6 agent named Boyd (played by a surprisingly good Jude Law) who utilises his training and an immense training sequence in the Scottish Highlands (was the editor asleep for this part) to turn her into a flimsier version of Bryan Mills.
After training and a good old test mission, Stephanie is as ready as she’ll ever be and it’s off on a globe-trotting hunt for the bomber who killed her family.
As I said before Blake Lively’s acting carries this film, with a stunning transformation from drug addict to revenge focussed killer. Reed Morano’s action sequences tie the slow parts together and keeps the viewer firmly invested in Stephanie’s plight by either having the action from her point of view or during the fight scenes keeping everything raw and making the audience literally feel every punch, kick and scuffle.
Rating: R13 Restricted to persons 13 years and over. NOTE: Violence, drug use and offensive language.
GEEKERY rating: 3/5