Starring Blake Lively, Jude Law, Sterling K. Brown, Richard Brake, Raza Jaffrey, Daniel Mays, Jade Anouka
Directed by Reed Morano
2020 / 109 Minutes / Paramount Pictures
Blake Lively stars as a drug addicted prostitute who hits rock bottom after the death of her entire family in a plane crash. With the assistance of Jude Law she seeks revenge on the terrorists who plotted the attack. The story holds some interest throughout, but it’s the execution that doesn’t. This dreary looking movie never really takes flight, it’s a steady path of pretty much meh.
The idea of a character picked up out of the gutters and made into an assassin isn’t new territory at all, but the story had some glimmer of freshness to it. I thought it started off interesting with flashbacks of the family and her life now. Once Jude Law comes into the picture it takes a bit of a turn, while they are entertaining together during her training process, it’s everything after that that falls apart. It was the last half that I suddenly didn’t care what happened to any of these people. It became less about her revenge and more about her transformation (which I didn’t totally buy). At no time did I feel any satisfaction or relief for her grief. The deceased family became nothing but a blip and I feel like we lost her reasoning. There were way too many “HUH?” moments. Eventually we figure out what’s going on, but I shouldn’t have to actually say outloud “HUH?” while waiting for it. I just began to lose interest in everything about this story and character.
I didn’t buy Lively’s journey from drug addicted prostitute to revenge gun totting assassin. I wanted to really understand how she ended up where she did. Obviously the death of her family pushed her over the edge, but I just didn’t believe her extreme change before or after. However, Lively isn’t the one to blame for this, her performance is actually quite good. She’s a great actress who deserves much better. She’s had a string of forgettable films, but in most of those she is the standout. Give this actress more! She’s better than this material!
The Rhythm Section is a mess of a movie. It has all the bones, but it’s just not put together well. I’m not sure what happened in the making of this movie, but something messed it up (maybe in the editing room), it just didn’t totally work. There was a moment I snickered at when Jude Law’s character tells Lively “You’re a cliche.” Hmm, well it certainly takes one to know one and this assassin revenge flick is certain a jumbled mess of cliches.