The Rhythm Section Starts Off Slow & Doesn't Get Much Better

Plus, the long-awaited ending is anti-climactic

Terri Lee-Sylvester
January 31, 2020 - 2:54 pm
Blake Lively and Jude Law star in Paramount Pictures' "The Rhythm Section."

DETROIT (WWJ) - If you're a fan of James Bond, and that's probably pretty much everyone, undoubtedly the trailer or other promotional material for 'The Rhythm Section' caught your eye.  That's because the producers of the James Bond movies also produced this movie.

The Rhythm Section stars Blake Lively as Stephanie Patrick.  After learning that a plane crash that killed her family was not an accident, she sets out for revenge.  She gets help from a former MI6 operative, played by Jude Law.  After undergoing several months of training, she's ready.  The operative sends her on a dangerous mission to help her find the person responsible for killing her family.

With Barbara Broccoli in the producer's chair, based on her success with the James Bond franchise, I was ready for a female version of James Bond to kick some butt.  But, this movie is a far cry from Bond, and here's why:

First, Stephanie's sudden transformation from ordinary woman to deadly assassin wasn't completely drawn out.  The MI6 operative told Stephanie that it would take years of training for her to be good enough to take on the terrorists, but it only took her a few months.  Not believable.

Secondly, her decision to exact revenge also came about way too soon.  One minute she's slowly killing herself due to her questionable choices, and then all of a sudden, she's out for cold blood.  More time spent developing this would have made it more believable.

And finally, the dreary wait for the long-awaited ending was anti-climactic.  Very disappointing.

On the plus side, however, the movie's scenery is so stunningly beautiful, it'll have you wanting to pack your bags!

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