Fresh Friday: The 355 (2022)

The 355 (2022)

Released: January 7th, 2022

Genre; Action, Thriller

Director: Simon Kinberg

Writers: Teresa Rebeck, Simon Kinberg (Screenplay)

Cast: Jessica Chastain, Penelope Cruz, Lupita Nyong’o, Bingbing Fan, Sebastian Stan

Opening Thoughts:

It is important to not discredit a person’s talent after a singular film. Simon Kinberg was thrown into a chaotic situation to finish off Fox’s X-Men franchise. It was messy but could have been worse all things considered. So this is his next film and we see some similar aspects return. Decent elements mixed with weaker ones. Delivering us a January movie that definitely isn’t fantastic, but you can do worse.

Plot:

The ultimate weapon falls into the wrong hands and now this group of global assassins must team up to take down this threat before it is too late.

Dislikes:

The writing in this film is weak and outdated. It feels like a movie that someone dusted off after twenty years and didn’t update it much for modern times. We’ve seen this film before. They likely pitched as a Jason Bourne movie meets Ocean’s Eleven except for this one having an all-female cast.

Hollywood has a bad reputation for a lack of creativity. This isn’t a film that improves this image. We’ve seen it all before and done better.

Likes:

Considering that the writing isn’t great, the acting from this group of incredible women is above-average. I really wish they had a smarter script because this is similar to what I’ve been rooting for. Give women their own characters and stories instead of hand-me-downs that males didn’t want. (I am good with a Jane Bond series that mixes with a James Bond series, but that is likely asking for too much.)

The action isn’t all bad. I found myself entertained during parts of this film.

It is good to see a diverse cast of talented actors team-up. I just wish it was for a better film.

Closing Thoughts:

For a January release, you could do a lot worse than The 355. It features a talented all-star cast and has some cool actions sequences here and there. The writing is much to be desired and there is some dialog that is cringe-worthy awkward. It feels like a movie from another era that would have had a warmer reception 15 years ago.

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