Movie Review: The 355

Movie Review: The 355

Movie Review: The 355

This is the epitome of a “nice pitch” film. Gather up an all star, award successful solid to entrance a globe trotting feminine empowerment spy flick. If achieved effectively, this might result in an all feminine Expendables sort franchise. If achieved crassly it might simply be a “women with weapons” romp. Never did I anticipate it to be achieved blandly although. 

The crux of the plot hinges on a cyber macguffin that would finish civilized life as we all know it, if it falls into the unsuitable arms. The stakes couldn’t be greater. Mace (Jessica Chastain) is introduced in to seek out the onerous drive with the world ending software program bundle on it and thru a collection of twists, turns, fake-outs and double crosses she winds up allying herself with a United Colors of Benetton adverts value of internationally sourced feminine James Bonds. This facet is the saving grace of the film. The scenes the place the motion slows down and provides the ladies an opportunity to really get to know one another are charming and effectively performed.  

The motion scenes however go away loads to be desired. The digital camera work ramps up from common handheld digital camera to a collection of shaky-cam bounce cuts that go away the viewer dazed and in the end bored. I used to be ceaselessly reminded of the (in)well-known gif of Liam Neeson (not) leaping over a fence in Taken 3. While nothing right here fairly achieves that degree of ridiculousness, it does ceaselessly verge on the identical territory. In sequences the place the ladies are speculated to be working collectively, the film struggles to maintain monitor of the entire shifting items, with characters springing to every others assist from out of nowhere. The type of filmmaking being tried right here isn’t straightforward by any means, however The 355 makes it look downright inconceivable.

This is on prime of the truth that the film simply seems to be so boring. In the twisty world of shadows and secrets and techniques that the plot lays out, each single scene is brightly lit to the purpose of being flat. Theres hardly any life or distinction to the body within the majority of the film. The frequent criticism today is that motion pictures and television reveals are too darkish, however The 355 might desperately have used some extra distinction and grit in it’s lighting design. 

Bingbing Fan as Lin Mi Sheng in The 355, co-written and directed by Simon Kinberg.

For a film that screams “lady boss” as boldly as this one does, it additionally provides brief shrift to a few of it’s main characters. Fan Bingbing is grossly underserved as Lin Mi Sheng, by not solely her late entrance into the film but in addition the truth that they saddle her with the racist stereotype of offering “historical Chinese” medicines and poisons to the group. The most effectively rounded character is Diane Krugers Marie, who nonetheless solely will get a barely there backstory to justify her involvement with the plot. 

This is a film that, primarily based on its solid and premise needs to be a blast, I’d nonetheless line as much as see that model. The 355 opens nationwide in theaters on January seventh.

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