For the second time in a year, Samuel L. Jackson plays a man guy in a movie. And for the second time in a year, you will want not to have done it.
The character of his murderer in "The Protégé", Moody, is not as unpleasant as strong as Darius Kincaid of "Hitman's wife's bodyguard". Even so, the actor must try another fictitious profession to gain size. Preferably in a film that is not a confusing disaster.
Samuel L. Jackson trains Maggie Q to be a murder machine in "The Protégé". © Lions Gate / Cortesy Everett Co
"The protégé" begins quite well. In a job, Moody discovers a girl with a sprinkled face of blood that hides in a Vietnamese cabinet with a weapon. She just killed a room full of her captors.
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Impressed, Moody takes under his wing and, 30 years later, Anna (Maggie Q) is a murder machine. She hits men, both proud to defeat people of low life that are actually bad people. Once the work has been done, Anna returns to London, where she has a rare bookstore.
The well-oiled routine of her breaks when Moody is murdered at the stately Lordship House of Him. And Anna continues with a vengeance of Spree to find the responsible man.
All that is perfect. So far, "the protege" is light at the feet of it; A comedy of action without hitting us on the head with silly jokes.
But halfway through the film, it succumbs to the darkness and loses its sense of fun. The bad ones are hanging. They appear strange and not funny dialog lines, "Are you pointing at my p - and with a weapon and asks me to go to bed? I like your style." EW.
Assassins, played by Maggie Q and Michael Keaton, flirting at dinner. © Lions Gate / Cortesy Everett Co
That from one side to another is between Anna and Rembrandt (Michael Keaton), which is another man who is in love with her and tries to kill her. Keaton and Q have chemistry, although it could only be used for use.
"The protégé" should have been a career at home for director Martin Campbell, who did it brilliantly with "Casino Royale", the first film by James Bond Daniel Craig. He brought seriousness to the old franchise without sacrificing his charm or decay.
Instead, we have the old clichés. A villain offers a monologue portent in him while he pours the whiskey from a glass pitcher. Come on, Marty. You can do better than that.
The bright point of the film is Q, which has really become a sexy, capable and confident star. I can not wait to see her in an action movie that is not this.