THE 355 (2022)
Call Marie Kondo because this film is a mess. Thought the magnificent cast is a bright spot, it is the lone bright spot in an action film that doesn’t just go off the rails, it never finds them.
A group of international agents (including Jessica Chastain, Diane Kruger, Lupita Nyong’o, and Penélope Cruz) work together to retrieve a top-secret weapon that threatens the entire world in The 355. Sebastian Stan and Edgar Ramírez also star, the former as another agent, though his background and actual role is left rather vague. In fact, much of the foundation for The 355 is left vague, the action taking center stage at the plot’s expense. Without the establishment of relationships or the focus on world-building, the film instead throws every common spy trope into the mix. The entire outing is predictable, exhausting, and a waste of each of the actors’ time.
Simon Kinberg is having a truly rough go of it as a filmmaker in recent years with Dark Phoenix and The New Mutants (which he produced) not hitting critical success. What bothers me most about half-baked projects like this is that there is truly a lack of female-fronted action films like The 355, but when we get one, they are subpar and lead to further scarcity of such films in the future. The script for The 355 is terrible; this shouldn’t be news to the studio that greenly the project, yet they allowed it to go forward anyway. It’s time to do better.
The 355 is now playing in theaters.
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