Quite some time has passed since I’ve seen my British delight in any movie. But here she is again. And still looking fantabulous for a girl made in ’73.
A bouncer with a slightly murderous anger-management problem that she controls with the help of an electrode-lined vest she uses to shock herself back to normalcy whenever she gets homicidal. After the first guy she’s ever fallen for is murdered, she goes on a revenge-fueled rampage to find the killer while the cops pursue her as their chief suspect.
Justin: “Do you fart in elevators?”
Lindy: “I’m English. We don’t …”
Now look at that plot: As formulaic and cheesy as humanly possible. And totally unrealistic. A woman running around with a harness and electrical diodes in order to shock-treat the murderous fantasies out of herself (strictly no BDSM, you swine), getting into a sticky situation … she can get best out of by using her enormous power and fighting skills. Isn’t that convenient for the screenplay writers?
Know what, it doesn’t matter! Observing Katey kungfu-ing her path through the paperthin story was just a silly joy.
See, and here is my old problem again: I can write novel trilogies about bad flicks while movies I enjoyed – well, I don’t have much to say about. 😐
Oh one point of critique, apart from the cheesy premise, is that the soundman or woman obviously quite fukked up. Starting around the middle of the film Kate’s voice becomes very silent. Did they gave her a mic with flat battery or what?
Oh, and the director delivered a very clumsy little film here with one of the most boringest info dumps I’ve witnessed so far. Right in the first 2 or3 minutes! What a lame way to start an action blockbuster. We’re not in Middle Earth, Tanya Wexler. And an info dump ain’t proper character development! 😐
The co-cast was a delight to watch. From Jai Courtney via Stanley Tucci, Bobby Cannavale and Laverne Cox up to Susan Sarandon, who was brought in for a last minute scene nobody expected, wanted or thought necessary.
CONCLUSION: Not a great movie. Not even a good one. But entertaining enough to get you through 1:30 hours in these “challenging times”.