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The Protégé Movie Review: Satisfyingly Entertaining

Article by Oliver Nash
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Posted: September 02, 2021  

The Rundown

The Protégé is an American action thriller directed by Martin Campbell, written by Richard Wenk, and starring Michael Keaton, Maggie Q, and Samuel L. Jackson. The supporting cast features Patrick Malahide, David Rintoul, Ori Pfeffer, Ray Fearon, Caroline Loncq, and Robert Patrick.

Rescued as a child by the legendary assassin Moody (Jackson), Anna (Q) is the world’s most skilled contract killer. When Moody is brutally killed, she vows revenge for the man who taught her everything she knows.

As Anna becomes entangled with an enigmatic killer, their confrontation turns deadly, and the loose ends of a life spent killing weave themselves ever tighter.

The Review

The Protégé is fluid enough to have you glued to the screen, but is not that great. To enjoy the film, you have to be willing to suspend your disbelief. Director Martin Campbell is renowned for creating atmosphere and amazing plot twists, and not so much for the depth of the characters.

The Hits

• The creative choreography of the fight scenes.

• The witty dialogue is the back-bone of this movie.

The Misses

• Lackluster sensual scenes for an R-rated movie.

• The movie lacks emotional context in its first hour.

• The plot is not unique in any way, shape or form.

OMG Moment

• Anna’s unintended surprise.

The Protégé is now playing in cinemas. Be sure to get your tickets from KenyaBuzz!

Movie Courtesy of Westgate Cinema

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