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KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE

Movie review by David Blackwell

 

129 minutes, Rated R

STUDIO: 20th Century Fox/ Marv/ Cloudy Productions

Theatrical RELEASE DATE: 2-13-2015

KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE is a fun spy action movie that wants me to watch the old 1960s spy movies again whether it is James Bond, Harry Palmer, or Derek Flint.   Director Matthew Vaughn brings the same high energy style he brought to KICK-ASS as the movie revolves around an independent intelligence agency out to protect the world that arises out of a society of gentleman’s tailors.   Colin Firth is Harry Hart, one of those agents, as he owes his life to a man who sacrificed himself to save Hart, so the agent vows to keep his eyes on the guy’s widow and son.  

 

Flash forward years later when the son Eggsy (Taron Egerton) is a young adult troublemaker and he calls a special number to get out of jail, and soon he finds himself invited to train to be one of the next Kingsman to replace one of the recently fallen agents (Jack Davenport) as Firth investigates the big evil corporation headed by Samuel L. Jackson speaking with a lisp and dressed like a rapper.   Jackson’s henchwoman is a beautiful and deadly woman with lethal blades for legs.   He has a plan that is worthy of your typical 1970s James Bond villain and Dr. Evil which involves a few internet/ phone sim card.   A great cast (which includes Michael Caine and Mark Strong) populates the movie as the action sequences are really high energy (whether it is the training sequences or the various fights against the bad guys).   Please sign me up for a return mission soon as I would watch the KINGSMAN sequel on opening weekend like right now.  KINGSMAN also makes me want to watch the old Harry Palmer films (which starred Michael Caine), the Flint movies, and the old James Bond classics.  I happen to be watching the 1970s British cold war spy series THE GAME this week and I hope this movie makes some fans discover some of the spy movies from the 1960s and 1970s (or go watch them again if they have already seen them).

 

This review is 2-28-2014 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission.  Send all comments to feedback@enterline-media.com

 

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