The Rhythm Section

A vague, catchy title, a trio of A (minus) list actors, and an action-filled trailer: what could go wrong? Well, it turns out, a lot. . .

Blake Lively plays a struggling twenty-something who is trying to accept her new reality. Three years prior to the opening scene, her entire family died in a plane crash, and she is on a mission for revenge.

I could have slept through the first 75 minutes of the movie and not missed anything. . . I’d say it was a slow burn of a beginning, but there was nothing burning about it. There was only one mildly interesting scene in this time frame, and that was when Jude Law showed up an hour into the film.

The writer tried to throw in a few twists towards the end, however they were completely predictable. I know I watch a lot of movies, so I know what to expect, but if I saw it coming twenty minutes before it happened, then I’m sure you will be able to guess them too.

The ending was satisfying, as it showed Lively’s character finally growing into her skin, but it was too little too late. I realized as the credits rolled that something was missing the entire time, but I couldn’t quite place it. The main actors don’t spend enough time with each other on-screen for me to fairly say they have no chemistry– they didn’t have the opportunity to show any. The few action scenes that were in the movie were infuriating. Lively’s character, a DIY spy trained by an ex-MI6 agent, realistically should have died in every mission she embarked upon. She was inexperienced and careless, yet she somehow managed to avoid any major injuries when tracking and attacking professional terrorists.

The cinematography was blah, the plot was less than thrilling, and the acting was average. If I were you, I’d skip this one.

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