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Kingsman: The Secret Service (Blu-ray + Digital Copy)
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|Genre||Action & Adventure|
|Format||Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Subtitled, Digital_copy|
|Contributor||Adrian Quinton, Jack Davenport, Colin Firth, Mark Strong, Jonno Davies, Matthew Vaughn|
|Language||English, Spanish, French|
|Studio||20th Century Fox, Fox|
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A Super-Secret Organization recruits an unrefined but promising street kid into the agency's ultra-competitive training program just as a dire global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius. A phenomenal cast, including Academy Award Winners Colin Firth and Michael Caine and Oscar Nominee Samuel L. Jackson, leads this action-packed spy-thriller directed by Matthew Vaughn (X-Men: First Class).
- Aspect Ratio : 2.39:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : R (Restricted)
- Product Dimensions : 0.7 x 7.5 x 5.4 inches; 1.76 Ounces
- Item model number : 34102085
- Director : Matthew Vaughn
- Media Format : Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Subtitled, Digital_copy
- Release date : June 9, 2015
- Actors : Colin Firth, Jack Davenport, Mark Strong, Adrian Quinton, Jonno Davies
- Dubbed: : French, Spanish
- Subtitles: : English, Spanish
- Studio : 20th Century Fox
- ASIN : B00W6OOAAY
- Country of Origin : USA
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #27,124 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
- #2,676 in Action & Adventure Blu-ray Discs
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Reviewed in the United States on January 23, 2018
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Best scene for me is in the church with Freebird playing in the background, and I'm sure it's no coincidence that it was set in the deep south, and also interesting that Lynyrd Skynyrd wrote an album called God and Guns, you'll know it when you see it.
Speaking as a former operator of rapier missiles, it was good to see them in a major motion picture, and I'm not surprised they didn't work.
Ignore my rantings, and watch this film!
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The film explains the background before it continues. Colin Firth is a member of special forces in Afganistan, and a fellow soldier saves his life. He visits the wife of this man who saved him and gives the young boy a piece of men's jewellery and to call him if he's is in deep trouble to help him. Fast forward until the boy (Matthew Vaughn) is promising, but verging into criminal activity. Facing the long stretch, he calls the number on the jewellery "Oxfords not brogues" and is released. The man visits the teen in a pub. Threatened by a gang of aggressive cockneys, and defends himself from all of them. He is invited by Firth's character to enter in the selection process to become a member of this Kingsman special forces in an elite selection process. Story be coming from left field is a billionaire Internet guru (Samuel L. Jackson), propose to give every person on the planet free access to the Internet, but there is a catch. What happens next?
The story is really good. Although I first thought it was a Bond rip-off, it's not this way at all. The fight sequence is the absolute video gold, magic, its on the par of fights with the Matrix trilogies. The fight is stitched together with clever video editing and computer visual manipulation to flow brilliantly. As its a fantasy, and not based on reality, I am accepting this level of violence as entertainment. The sequence of heads blowing up are prettied up as in reality it would rate as an 18 + movie, and miss a core audience. The female with blades on her feet is cleverly computer manipulation / special effects. The Blu-ray is of great quality. All the actors portray well their individual parts. I have seen the second one and rate this better all-around movie.
Still, I have to say that the "Kingsman" character is right when he says that what makes a great spy action film great is the presence of a good villain. In this film, the villain is far from great, and the plot derails from being a typical 007-style end-of-civilization theme, into something ... well, silly. In the latter stages of the film, the plot goes completely off the rails, becoming so silly and implausible that it's impossible to suspend one's disbelief. Which is, after all, a thing required in any spy thriller.
In short, "Kingsman" goes from emulating Bond to emulating "Hot Fuzz", "True Lies" or "Archer". It goes from being a good spy film into being a comedy - a satire of the spy film genre itself. Containing scenes designed to poke fun at typical 007 scenarios, such as Bond getting the girl, and even slight fourth wall breaks, when the characters say "this ain't that kind of movie", referencing typical spy flicks.
"Kingsman" is a film that could have been great. Sadly, they decided half-way through to make it silly and funny instead.
The plot was somewhere between James Bond and Stormbreaker, with young adults facing impossible training in order to compete for the job. At the same time, gentleman spies are wandering around, people are literally exploding and there is a mad-man trying to kill most of the population while the rest of the world think he is a hero.
The characters were fantastic. Eggsy was your typical underdog in regards to being thrown in over his head, but steps up to the challenge in a realistic way. Harry is just sarcastic enough that Eggsy takes him seriously, but is genuinely caring. Merlin is an enigma who ultimately wants his chosen candidates to succeed and Roxy is the character to keep the whole thing grounded. Then there is Valentine, who is just insane enough to make a fun villain.
It’s hardly surprising the characters are so good when you consider the cast. Michael Cain, Colin Firth, Mark Strong, Samuel L Jackson and Taron Egerton to name the main ones. All of these actors have proven themselves time and time again in various roles and they come together in an explosion of humour, violence and some crazy scenes that are so bizarre (such as a slow-motion massacre in a church) that the film is pure entertainment.
The violence isn’t graphic but is a strong part of the film. As is swearing. If you are sensitive to either of these things, then I imagine the film would annoy you. But I found this film to be one of the best I have seen for a while. The fact it made me laugh out loud is proof of that! If you want something action packed but one you don’t have to take seriously in anyway, I thoroughly recommend Kingsman: The Secret Service.
The film works perfectly well as both a gentle spoof, and a first rate spy action thriller in its own right.
Colin Firth seems to have the time of his life taking on a very different role to his normal parts as an all action superspy, and is very good in the role.
Excellent supporting turns from Michael Caine and Mark Strong add a bit of gravitas to proceedings, and Teron Egerton has a breakout performance as Eggsy which should set him on his way in Hollywood.
Overall I thought that the pacing was well thought out, the action was crisp and impactful and the story was strong enough to carry everything along.
A must see for fans of the Bond/Bourne films looking for something different.