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Kingsman: The secret service

By Abir

To celebrate the release of the Kingsman 2 trailer, I’ll be reviewing the original. We’ve known for a while that the spy genre is as stale as mouldy bread. Collectively 007, Jason Bourne and Jack Bauer have drained any life there was left in the category. Kingsman remarkably breathes new life into this genre by being a smarter spoof than that of Austin Powers, yet lacking the over seriousness traditional to spy fiction.

Mr. Darcy & some kid

The movie is directed by Matthew Vaughn of comic book movie lore and like all his previous films Kingsman is balls to wall fun. The premise is the Kingsman, an independent, secret intelligence service of overly formal gentlemen run by Arthur (Michael Caine). When one of their agents dies in battle, new recruits are gathered then put through a literal elimination process. Top agent Galahad (Colin Firth) sponsors a troubled youth Eggsy (Taron Eggerton) out of guilt and as a favour to Eggsy’s father who died 17 years ago saving Galahad’s life during a mission.

Snakes on a plane

Edward scissor hands 

Behind the scenes an evil genius is working on his villainous master plan. Said genius is played by Samuel L. Jackson, a mega rich tech entrepreneur rocking a lisp and a comical aversion to blood and gore. He is accompanied with his henchwoman Gazelle (Sofia Boutella), a double amputee who’s a murderous take on a blade-runner. Both are interesting spin on the classic bond villain trope.

As per usual, Vaughn instils gratuitous violent mayhem into this film. Despite the somewhat predictable plot, one scene alone makes the film gold. This where a Westboro-esque fundamentalist church explodes into a stunningly choreographed free-for-all, set to the guitar solo from the song “Freebird” by Lynyrd Skynyrd.

All things considered, this is a definite must watch movie. If not for a new take to the spy genre, then the mindless visceral action. I’ll giving this movie a ISYS rating of 8/10.

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Kingsman: The secret service


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