A Sony Picture, Written by Evan Spiliotopoulos, David Auburn, Elizabeth Banks, Directed by Elizabeth Banks.
This was one of the most unasked for and lowest grossing remakes in recent history, and I never got round to seeing it when it was originally in cinemas. However, it was to my surprise that I actually enjoyed the film. It is by no means a classic of cinema, but it’s packed full of action, it’s funny, sexy, and well acted.
The cast is the main reason it works, with Elizabeth Banks and Patrick Stewart each bringing individual charm to their versions of Bosley.
Ella Balinska has a real power to her and was very believable going hand to hand with much bigger guys, and she also holds her own acting wise. Naomi Scott showed in Aladdin how talented she is, and she is the audience surrogate here and does the jobs very successfully.
The stand out for me is Kristen Stewart, who after the great commercial success but critical panning of the Twilight saga, has embraced indie film and completely turned her career around. Here she seems to be cutting loose, delivering a charismatic, sexy, hilarious lead performance that really benefits the film.
There was no need to make this film, but the one they did make was a decent way to spend two hours, and I would recommend it to anyone looking to kill some time.
Rating = 3/5