After failing to unlock a prisoner in time to save the lives of dozens of innocent people from a terrorist attack in Paris, CIA interrogator Alice Racine's (Noomi Rapace) career was sidelined. Now leading a quiet life in London, Alice is unexpectedly called back into action when the CIA apprehends a suspect believed to have direct knowledge of another imminent attack. Turning to the few people she can trust, she seeks out those responsible as she races against the clock to prevent a deadly biological attack on the citizens of London.
Amid a clutch of well-knowns - Douglas, Malkovitch, Collette, Bloom - Noomi Rapace is the standout as she kicks, punches, stabs and shoots her way through the tortuous plot with nary a hint of emotion invading her face (of course, this may or may not have been acting). Don't look aside for one moment or you'll be lost forever in the maze of blind alleys and double crossings. Almost unique in a genre infamous for its holey plots and loose ends, the storyline is kept leak-free and all threads deftly gathered by writer Peter O'Brien. No surprise that direction is razor-sharp by Michael Apted (Gorky Park, Enigma, The World Is Not Enough). It won't come as any surprise if Ms Rapace returns to mete out further measures of mayhem in the near future.
Apart from J M is a bit similar to loads of other offerings. Not quite credible here and there, and a bit near the knuckle with the terrorist input, but is there to be used i suppose, even in the name of entertainment.
Great acting - especially by Noomi Rapace- good plot with lots of twist and turns. Edge of your seat stuff. Highly recommended
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Intriguing spy thriller
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Twisting, fast-moving spy thriller about a plot to release a biological weapon in London. Noomi Rapace is the CIA agent caught up in one scrape after another as the bodies pile up. Smoothly directed by experienced hand Michael Apted, the film plays like a 70s thriller (Three Days of the Condor, Marathon Man). It’s constantly intriguing and its plentiful action scenes are deliberately and mercifully free of OTT rapid-editing and frenzied in-your-face camerawork.
At times, like 24 on speed, it’s too densely plotted for its 94min run time, and it does lack oomph in places, which is perhaps why critics found it underwhelming on the big screen. Or maybe they just saw the suspense-killing tell-all trailer first. Moral for modern times: stay away from trailers. If you’re looking for an intelligent high-class
A complicated plot might make it too much effort for some but it moves along at a cracking pace with plenty of twists and turns and plenty of action. I'm not from the cinematic comic book generation, neither am I some doe eyed teenage girl, this is how I like my films to be!