A 16-year-old who was raised by her father to be the perfect assassin is dispatched on a mission across Europe, tracked by a ruthless intelligence agent and her operatives.
It really is great to see so many young actors being cast in such leading types as this movie, where Saorise Ronan shines as she did in The Lovely Bones. Alongside her, Eric Bana and Cate Blanchett complete the very well performed cast. Director Joe Wright (Atonement, Pride and Prejudice) in his first big action/thriller movie, gives us some good paced fight and chase scenes.
The story is enough to be a thriller, but it was predictable for me and was the big let down for this movie. Every “twist” that came out of it along the was either already assumed or not crazy enough to surprise anyone. The ending also seems to just start wrapping up, when it blackscreens for credits, although the alignment of the opening and closing scenes was pretty cool.
The soundtrack was the high point for me. Minutes before starting this movie, I learned that The Chemical Brothers did all of the music. Not only do I love the Chemical Brothers, and have for a long while now, but probably my favorite movie soundtrack of all time is Daft Punk’s TRON: Legacy soundtrack. So the idea of an electronic band that makes really unique music doing an entire soundtrack for a movie really excited me. For the feel and genre of the movie, the music really was a nice compliment.
2.5/4.0 – Solid performances, especially from the young and promising Saorise Ronan, try to carry a weaker story line, with help from some solid directing by Joe Wright. Also included is an excellent soundtrack by The Chemical Brothers.