The Rhythm Section is a 2020 action film directed by Reed Morano (Meadowland, I Think We’re Alone Now, The Power, & The Handmaid’s Tale). It was written & produced by author Mark Burnell (Remote Control). It’s based on his 1999 book of the same name. It was produced by Gregg Wilson (the James Bond franchise), Stuart Ford (Dredd, Bullet to the Head, Hacksaw Ridge, & The Autopsy of Jane Doe), Barbara Broccoli (the James Bond franchise), & Greg Shapiro (Harold & Kumar franchise, Zero Dark Thirty, The Hurt Locker, & The Rules of Attraction). The budget was $50 million & it only grossed $5.9 million worldwide at the box office.
Three years after her family’s death in a plane crash, Stephanie Patrick (played by: Blake Lively from The Town, The Shallows, Green Lantern, Simon Says, & Savages) works as a prostitute in London & she is addicted to drugs. One day, she is approached at her brothel by a journalist Keith Proctor (played by: Raza Jaffrey from The Enemy Within, Lost in Space, Code Black, & Harry Brown) who tells her that the plane crash was not an accident but was a terrorist attack covered up by the government. He tells her that the plane crash was caused by a bomb made by a man named Reza (played by: Tawfeek Barhom from ABCs of Death 2, The Looming Tower, & The Letter for the King). She discovers Proctor’s source for his research is B (played by: Jude Law from The Talented Mr. Ripley, Road to Perdition, Sherlock Holmes 1/2, eXistenZ, & Gattaca) who is an ex-MI6 agent. He reluctantly trains her to complete her quest. Stephanie is trained to assume the identity of an assassin Petra Reuter whom Boyd killed but whose body was never found.
Boyd instructs her to go to Madrid to find Marc Serra (played by: Sterling K. Brown from The Predator, Black Panther, Hotel Artemis, & American Crime Story), an information broker & ex-CIA agent because Serra may be able to lead her to U-17. Serra is skeptical when first meets her but tells her that he needs someone killed. A notorious gangster named Lehmans (played by: Richard Brake from 31, 3 from Hell, Hannibal Rising, Game of Thrones, & Thor: The Dark World) who lives in Tangier who arranged for the bomb to be on the flight. Serra next tells Stephanie to kill businessman Leon Giler (played by: Max Casella from The Sopranos, Doogie Howser, M.D., Boardwalk Empire, Ray Donovan, & Killing Them Softly) in New York. Giler financed the bombing & U-17. Boyd reveals that he was released from MI6 after killing Petra because Petra had killed his wife. Boyd warns her that U-17 had hired Serra to find someone to eliminate Giler & that U-17 is eliminating everyone linked to himself. Serra tells Stephanie that Reza is U-17 & planning another bombing. She is ready for her revenge but has she been trusting the right people? She is about to find out. Can she survive this????
The Rhythm Section was way better than expected, unfortunately it bombed at the box office & people forgot about it real quick. I will say that it starts out real slow but I appreciate the character development it goes through. Stephanie Patrick transforms herself into something completely different when she sets out for revenge. I liked how she wasn’t typical killer. She had remorse & she really had to work hard to pull off her kills. Author Mark Burnell turns his acclaimed book into a film. the script is packed with action & twists once it really picks up. Blake Lively is almost unrecognizable in this, I’ve never seen her like this before & she definitely stepped out of her comfort zone for this project. I was very impressed with her in this. Stephanie Patrick is bad ass character that is motivated to carry out her mission no matter what. It’s shame that her story won’t most likely continue due to poor box office results. Jude Law was a leading guy in his younger days & now he moved on to the supporting role stage of his career. He was great as Stephanie’s mentor & trainer here. I would love to see a prequel or spin off with his character sometime. Sterling K. Brown is on point when he chooses the right roles, I think he sometimes just picks the wrong material at times & it doesn’t work for him but he owned this one. Marc Serra is a questionable person that never know what he going to do next. Richard Brake & Max Casella elevated the production as the villains in this. Both had smaller roles but they stole every scene that they were in. I am big fan of the revenge & action sub-genres, this delivered on both once everything was set in motion. This had potential to be an interesting new franchise but I don’t see that happening now. Hopefully, it gets his fan base & audience on home video because it’s worth checking out, RECOMMENDED!!!!
Let’s talk about the high definition presentation from Paramount Pictures! This 1080p (2.39:1) transfer is on point with it’s variety of locations, the cinematography here is stylish & grabs your attention right away. It has a few audio options that includes English: DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1, Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1, & French (Canada): Dolby Digital 5.1 on this release. This is technical highlight on this disc, the audio sounds amazing here. All the dialogue is very clean, the action is elevated, & the music has a bombastic boost to it. It also has English, English SDH, French, & Spanish subtitles.
Let’s discuss the special features from Paramount Pictures! It has almost 18 minutes of “Deleted and Extended Scenes” which includes Where’s His Money, Why Did You Come for Me? Promise, The Bag, This Is Your Funeral, & My Name is Stephanie. I can see why these were cut because the running time was already at what it should be for this type of film. I thought some of these could have made the final cut if they wanted to extend it a little bit more.”Stephanie’s Journey” is almost 8 minutes. It has interviews with director Reed Morano, actors Jude Law, Blake Lively, Sterling K. Brown, & Raza Jaffrey. They chat about the film. They talk about the main characters & the situations they get themselves into in this. They go over the changes from Stephanie becoming Petra & her training for her revenge. “Fight or Flight” is a little over 6 minutes. “Never Leave Second Gear” is a little over 6 minutes. It has interviews with various members of the cast & crew. They go the shooting of the movie. They chat about the intense training for it. They focus on the brutal methods that made Stephanie stronger & more dangerous for her journey. “One Shot Explosion” is a little over 2 minutes. It’s mainly an interview with star Blake Lively. She chats about this major action scene from the film. She talks about it having to be done in one shot & no mistakes because of the big explosion for it. “Designing The Rhythm Section” is almost 3 minutes. It has interviews with the cast & crew. They go over the production designs for various sets. They chat about all the international locations for the production & working on this feature. It also includes a slipcover, a digital code, & a DVD copy of the release. It’s avaulable everywhere right now, CHECK IT OUT!!!!