Samuel L Jackson and Colin Firth are the big names who feature in this film which I anticipate will defy belief for many. The story follows a group of young people training to work for the Secret Service, most of whom are public-school educated and very affluent and one of whom is a council estate “hard boy”. The “hard boy” is bowled over by Colin Firth’s character who blasts away a number of people in a pub and then pursues the boyfriend of our council estate’s mother’s boyfriend to do away with him as well for being a violent pest. Firth uses all kinds of modern technology, including the now, well known by some – accessories of recording and tracking equipment which can be attached to anyone who you choose – money being no object.
There are several surprises in store, not least Colin Firth beating up a whole Church, while still dapper, as ever, in a well fitting suit and tie and not much else. He closes and locks the door behind him only to find he is eventually gunned down and replaced – with a corresponding outfit by his council estate friend who goes on to commit similar atrocities.
One thing which does not really work in the story is the sci fi aspect where a whole group of people carrying a bugging device have their heads explode in firework-style technicolour. One wonders of course who Samuel L Jackson represents in this trying test on credibility or indeed why Colin Firth would agree to star in such a challenging movie. Well the answers are there somewhere – but unless you see the film, you have no chance of making your own deductions. Enjoy.
A post – review note. The best part of the film for me was the scenes of people doing athletic stunts on council estate architecture – jumping across buildings, skating on their bottoms down concrete barriers between one floor and another, jumping huge distances to run out of gates and escape pursuers – ho hum – lets see more of that!
Review by Penny Nair Price