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How stupid is this action movie?

It’s standard super-spy stupid. People do things that probably aren’t possible (fighting with serious injuries) but it’s all pretty standard action movie fare.

Would I let the little’un and the big’un watch it?

Hmm. The level of violence is John Wick-ish even though it’s rated PG13. My kiddos are used to me watching stupid action movies so are probably a bit numb to it. They wandered through a few times for snacks in the kitchen, but weren’t interested in watching. There’s a torture scene that squicked Jason out. The level of cursing is surprisingly low given the number of injuries sustained, and there are on screen deaths. I’d probably let them watch if they wanted, but at the same time I’m glad they didn’t.

What I liked:
  • I had no idea what the movie was about when Jason put it on. After the initial sequence I said it was promising and if there were explosions I’d love it. The next scene was fireworks exploding.
  • The fight scenes were well choreographed and I enjoyed the car chases also.
  • Ana de Armas was excellent, as was Julia Butters.
What I didn’t like:
  • The end fight. Sure, it was fun to watch, but a professional would have just shot him and been done with it.
  • The obvious sequel bait of not revealing the identity of the string puller. I’ve since read there is going to be a cinematic universe around this, so okay, I get it. Still salty they left such a huge plot hole.
  • Billy Bob Thornton’s character arc. I understand why they did it, but I liked him as the guy in the chair.
Overall impression:

I enjoyed it. Fun, good story, Chris Evans as a bad guy is a snack and a half. I never saw Ryan Gosling as an action dude, but he works it. I’m glad they’re making a sequel and spinoff, and I’ll watch them.

How to watch:


Too stupid even for me.


It was fun.

I’d watch it again.

I own it.

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