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The Rhythm Section Blu-ray Review


Blake Lively is the saving grace of “The Rhythm Section.”

Based on the novel by Mark Burnell (who also wrote the script), “The Rhythm Section” is action/spy film revolving around a young woman (Stephanie) who lost her family in a plane crash. As a result of this devastating accident, Stephanie’s life falls apart as she turns to drugs and prostitution. After being approached by a journalist (Keith), however, Stephanie learns that her the plane crash was not an accident but rather a bombing orchestrated by a mysterious terrorist known as U-17. When Keith winds up dead, Stephanie visits his source (Iain) who helps get her into shape, train her, and aid her on her new quest to get revenge against U-17 and those he conspired with as an assassin. 

On paper, “The Rhythm Section” had everything going for it. A talented cast, a director on the rise with Reed Morano, the producers behind the James Bond films (Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli), and a script that adapts the first in a book series that could very well become a new film franchise. Alas, the movie flopped at the box office and was not well received by critics and audiences alike. While I don’t think it deserved such a harsh reaction, it is certainly not what I would consider a good movie either.

Aside from the fact that “The Rhythm Section” has a unique angle with Stephanie stumbling her way through becoming an assassin (and failing on more than one occasion), the globe trotting story itself feels too generic to stand out from similar recent titles like “Anna” and “Atomic Blonde.” It doesn’t help that the script is also riddled with vague moments, underdeveloped characters, outlandish situations, and forced drama that goes against any realism it is attempting to convey. As an action movie it also falls short as there are very few actual action sequences (although there is a riveting car chase that is easily the highlight of the film). 

While I do find it odd that a British actress wasn’t playing the British Stephanie, there’s no denying that Blake Lively carries this movie on her back. She truly throws herself into the very physical and demanding role here and gives the character more emotional depth than is likely on the page. Her co-stars Jude Law and Sterling K. Brown also turn in quality performances.


Presentation: 2.39:1 1080p. How does it look? Expect the usual sharp transfer of a new release title.

Audio Track: 7.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? A dynamic track that really comes alive when it needs to. 

* DVD copy
* Digital copy
* 6 deleted/extended scenes
* “Stephanie’s Journey”- A featurette on the main character
* “Fight Or Flight”- A look at the action (and the making of it) and how it correlates with the character of Stephanie
* “Never Leave Second Gear”- A behind-the-scenes glimpse at the riveting car chase
* “One Shot Explosion”- A behind-the-scenes look at the shooting of the bus explosion sequence
* “Designing The Rhythm Section”- The production design and lighting get the spotlight in this extra.

April 27, 2020 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , ,

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