Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton
Director: Francis Lawrence
Story: Jason Matthews
Screenplay: Justin Haythe
Producers: Peter Chernin, Steven Zaillian, Jenno Topping, David Ready
Production company: Chernin Entertainment
Music director: James Newton Howard
Cinematographer: Jo Willems
Editor: Alan Edward Bell
Release date: 02-03-2018
Censor certificate: A
Run time: 2hrs, 20mins
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Jennifer Lawrence is a Russian girl who is sent by his uncle to training sessions where she’ll learn to crack secret information from a man by sexually seducing him. She is assigned a project against America, what happens after she takes up this case forms the crux of the story.
Script is different and plenty of fresh ideas are induced. Direction is pretty straight forward which doesn’t restrict the content’s high points. Dialogues are gutsy that directly targets certain countries, they are sensibly right too. Jennifer Lawrence has given a mind-blowing performance, kudos to her for taking up this extremely bold character. Joel Edgerton is subtle but his mind speaks loud, mainly at the end. James Newton Howard’s background score is powerful and calm, going nicely with the situations. Jo Willems’s camera work is graceful, also his lighting pattern adds strength to the visuals. Make-up, hair-style and costume department have given their best by respecting Jennifer Lawrence’s value to the film. Flow turns interesting and engaging in the last 20mins with lot of substance in the context. Climax is terrific with a crazy kick-ass brutal twist.
Except the lead pair, other supporting artists did not have properly assigned roles to move forward the sub plots. Francis Lawrence’s direction lacks the energy that a suspense thriller should have. Narration takes too many side paths to arrive at the centre point, which kind of tests the patience in many portions. Justin Haythe’s screenplay is slow paced till the finish line, moments which misses out the base are really boring. There are some unwanted sentiment drama which could’ve been chopped-off by the editor. Also there are some nerve wrecking portions in the training class sequences that are uncomfortable to sit through. Sexism takes the upper side randomly at needless spots.
TO CONCLUDE – Jennifer Lawrence is terrific in this different spy thriller that is unfortunately sluggish & partially interesting.
Movie Rating – 2.25/ 5.
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