The Rhythm Section

Adding to the fine tradition of tales in which an everyday average Joe is pushed past their breaking point (Death Wish, Peppermint, The Brave One, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys), Paramount Pictures presents The Rhythm Section, a spy origin story about Stephanie Patrick (Blake Lively), an assassin who isn’t very good at killing. Mark Burnell’s Stephanie Patrick spy novel series (this film is based on the first) debuted in 1999, so maybe that explains Rhythm Section’s dated anti-terrorism plot. But the involvement of two James Bond producers, Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson, led to speculation that this film could be the start of a new, woman-led spy franchise. Alas, this is a spy movie in which a woman James Bond isn’t very good at killing, tradecraft, or anything other than looking sad.

by Suzette Smith
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Credits
Director
Reed Morano
Cast
Blake Lively, Jude Law, Sterling K. Brown