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Film Review: ‘The 355’ (dir. Simon Kinberg)

This stellar ensemble cast is weight down by a predictable and often bland story despite ‘The 355’s cultural variety and incredibly well choreographed action sequences.

The 355 starring Jessica Chastain, Lupita Nyong’o, Penélope Cruz, Diane Kruger, Fan Bingbing, Sebastian Stan, and Edgar Ramirez is now playing in theaters everywhere. This is a story of a group of top female agents from government agencies around the world who are all working to stop an organization from acquiring a deadly weapon. From that sentence alone, you can already tell there is going to be some chaos that ensues.

This stellar ensemble cast is weight down by a predictable and often bland story despite ‘The 355’s cultural variety and incredibly well choreographed action sequences.

The 355 sounds like an irresistible hit on paper. Pulling together a cast of some of Hollywood’s most sought-after actresses for an international spy flick should definitely work, right? Not necessarily… It’s unfortunate that this Jason Bourne meets Ocean’s 8 movie doesn’t hit in all the areas it wanted and squanders its potential. It’s also pretty realistic, and it takes its time not to get too far off the rails like many films in this genre often do.

I am all for this much-deserved recent wave of female-led action movies, so it has nothing to do with that at all. I just wish these directors and producers would look slightly further than the names they can put on the poster to draw in audiences. There should be a little more attention paid to the script itself and crafting an exciting storyline. The representation of these cultures and inclusion of female stars is so important, but they lose their value when they’re weighed down by the rest of the film that came to be.

This film works best when the stakes are high and the action is packed. The screenplay would use some work, but the other half of the movie without any scripted lines is really well done. Sometimes, the stunt shows can run on for far too long, but there’s no denying how incredibly well choreographed they are. 

Going into this one, you’re instantly going to know what you’re getting. That’s not an awful thing, though, because things go pretty well even with all of the spy film tropes and cliches it throws your way.

The 355 is now playing in theaters everywhere.

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