August 18, 2021 (NYC)– Maggie Q Channels “Jane Wick” in ‘The Protege‘. Lionsgate Films looks to close out the 2021 Summer Movie scene with The Protege. This stylish film is a must see for action film fans.
After professional assassin, Samuel L. Jackson, discovers an orphaned girl in Vietnam in 1991 he makes her his Protege‘. Jump thirty years later and Maggie Q embarks on an assignment that unfolds into a revenge mission. Michael Keaton stars as an adversary with an elevated interest in this sophisticated, highly educated and intelligent, but deadly woman.
It all ties together in a highly watchable and visually interesting action film that is probably best experienced in theaters, but will hold up on streaming and POD.
Martin Campbell, who directed the most realistic action film in the James Bond universe, Casino Royale, starring Daniel Craig, as well as Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan’s, The Foreigner, is at the helm on this one and he does a great job. The movie is well paced, the plot twists are worth the investment of intellectual capital. The action and fight choreography does not take a second seat. It is the culmination of Campbell’s long career in the action genre, with the appropriate comedic accents.
The cast is the strength of this one. Samuel L. Jackson is what you expect from him, and that is fine. He has great screen presence. Maggie Q, as the complex and erudite star who is as deadly as anyone in film, is very good. From relative obscurity a decade ago she starred in a number of roles that have culminated in this commanding lead. She plays the part close to the vest; however, reveals enough to have the audience as intrigued in her as Keaton is throughout the film. She is tough and gritty, smart,and sexy. I see more in her near future, including, potentially, additional films in this series.
Michael Keaton is the stand out in this one. While, throughout his career, he has challenged the conventional notions of his characterization as a likable comedic lead, he still never ceases to surprise at his range of talent and grit. At almost 70 he evokes strength, and sexuality in the role of a smart and charming hitman that is as deadly as he is personable. Every scene he is in in this film is a delight. His chemistry with Maggie Q, evoking a Mr. & Mrs. Smith vibe makes this more than a gritty action film. Keaton is a huge part of this film’s appeal.
The supporting cast is solid.
In the wake of the John Wick films, and the success of Bob Odenkirk’s, Nobody, action film fans have high expectations for action and violence in this genre. This film delivers. Gun fights. Motorcycle chases. Hand to Hand Combat. Interesting stunts. ‘The Protege‘ is an homage to many great action films.
The film is Rated R for violence, language, brief nudity, and sexuality.
I hope ‘The Protege‘ is the first in the series.
Official Site: https://protege.movie/
Genre: Action, Thriller
Rating: R for strong and bloody violence, language, some sexual references and brief nudity
U.S. Release Date: August 20, 2021
Running Time: 109 mins
Cast: Michael Keaton, Maggie Q, and Samuel L. Jackson, with Robert Patrick
Directed by: Martin Campbell
Written by: Richard Wenk
Produced by: Arthur Sarkissian, Moshe Diamant, Rob Van Norden, Yariv Lerner, Chris Milburn
Executive Producers: Avi Lerner, Trevor Short, Jeffrey Greenstein, Jonathan Yunger, Boaz Davidson, Christa Campbell, Lati Grobman, Bruno Wu, Gareth
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