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Review of ‘The Protected’

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Michael Keaton, Samuel L. Jackson and Maggie Q star in this fast-paced thriller.

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Separated from the class A of the big studios after the failure of ‘Green Lantern’ (2011), New Zealander Martin Campbell has had to earn his wages, like many of his generation colleagues, with TV movies and some worthy films like ‘The foreigner’ (2017), with that extra couple formed by Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan. In Hollywood, a glorious past is useless, no matter how much he has directed two of the best Bond of the last 30 years: ‘GoldenEye’ (1995) and, above all, ‘007: Casino Royale’ (2006). ‘La protege’ follows in the footsteps of that McTiernan, Harlin & Co. cinema, absolute heir to the actioner tradition of the 80s and 90swhere Campbell brings that meridian clarity when shooting the action: precise, without excessive watermarks, in the old style.

Armed with a predictable script, the film tries to inject some new ideas and conscious nods to the conventions of the genre and a premise seen a thousand times. But what a joy to see Maggie Q and Michael Keaton having a tit this action thriller, a vestige of a glorious time, elevated by that seasoned professional touch. And that, without a doubt, is the best news.

For fans of ‘old style’ action movies

The best: the fight to the rhythm of ‘That Loving Feeling’ by Isaac Hayes.

The worst: those script twists that are coming to the league.

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Direction: Martin Campbell Distribution: Michael Keaton, Samuel L. Jackson, Maggie Q Original title: The Protégé Country: USA Year: 2021 Release date: 03-18-2022 Gender: thriller Script: Richard Wenck Duration: 109 min.

Synopsis: Anna (Maggie Q) was rescued and trained in the family business as a child by Moody (Samuel L. Jackson), a legendary assassin, her mentor and father figure. 20 years later, Anna has become one of the most skilled hit men on the planet. When Moody is brutally murdered, Anna vows revenge and to do so, she teams up with Rembrandt (Michael Keaton), an enigmatic assassin. As the two grow closer, the confrontation becomes more and more dangerous.

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