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The Rhythm Section Movie Review

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Blake Lively in The Rhythm Section (2020)

I’ve been more excited about The Rhythm Section than I typically am about a January action movie. Maybe it’s the tone. Maybe it’s the cast. Maybe it’s that January movies haven’t been completely awful over the past few years. I’d consider myself a Blake Lively fan. I really enjoy most of what I see from her, even when her movies don’t get much love at the box office. I also like Jude Law, though I most of his movies that I love came out in the late 1990s, and Sterling K. Brown has absolutely blown up since This Is Us. I was hoping a January action movie would come through in a way in which they typically don’t.

Blake Lively in The Rhythm Section (2020)

The Rhythm Section is directed by Reed Morano and stars Blake Lively, Jude Law and Sterling K. Brown. Years after the death of her family in a plane crash, Stephanie Patrick learns that the crash was not an accident. After months of training and gathering intel, Stephanie gets the chance to take revenge on those who caused her to lose everyone she loved.

Blake Lively in The Rhythm Section (2020)

Again, I’m a Blake Lively fan, so seeing that she was leading an R-rated action movie was something that had me excited walking into the movie theater. After seeing the movie, I’m glad she had the chance to do this. I’m glad she had the chance to go all in on a role in terms of training, makeup and costume design because I thought she was great. Her performance is easily the best part of this movie, and despite knowing exactly what she usually looks and sounds like, she brought me right into this movie as she played with different accents, different wigs and different overall styles so well. She’s also easily the most interesting character in the movie. I could feel myself starting to get emotionally attached to her and everything that she has been through at multiple points in the film. I also thought she handled the action well. I haven’t seen her as an action star, but I thought she handled the fight choreography and gun play well for her character who is just entering this world, and a car chase with Lively in the driver’s seat at about the midpoint of the movie gives us the best action sequence of the entire film.

Sterling K. Brown in The Rhythm Section (2020)

Unfortunately, everything around Lively is pretty bland. All of the other characters are flat and uninteresting, which caused some pretty unimpressive performances from actors who I’m usually a fan of, like Sterling K. Brown. I’d place the blame on the writing. It never gives him a chance to show anything beyond the one-note character he is, and his entire arc feels extremely predictable, yet unearned. The story is also very flat, which is partially due to the flat characters, but it’s also just not that interesting itself. I’ve seen too many revenge movies and too many movies where the main character learns to fight to take that revenge for a film like The Rhythm Section to feel very safe. I just wish it would have done a bit more with its story construction and coherence to set it aside. I would also have loved to have seen them set Blake Lively’s character aside somehow as well, but it seems that every time the movie tries to develop her character, it goes back to the same well, which lost its effect after a few revisits.

Blake Lively in The Rhythm Section (2020)

Overall, I think The Rhythm Section had plenty of potential, but it never seems to put it all together to make a coherent, interesting, well-paced movie. Lively gives a great performance, both in moments of drama and in action sequences, but the movie never does enough to completely invest me in her character. With that said, she’s also the most interesting character in the movie, which leaves everybody else in the story feeling dry and empty. I also think the story could have benefitted from a lot more focus. It moves around without ever establishing a good pace and a straightforward narrative. A revenge story seems like it would have benefitted from very straightforward storytelling and interesting characters, but The Rhythm Section dives way too deep into the complexities of the story for it to make enough sense and to develop its characters. I don’t know if this would be a popular opinion, but I’d love to see everyone involved come back and give it another shot to see if they could improve the movie. I truly believe they can make a better movie. There’s something here, but The Rhythm Section doesn’t bring that potential out as well as it could have. I’m going to give it a 4/10.

Blake Lively and Sterling K. Brown in The Rhythm Section (2020)

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Justin Lyons

Hey, it's Justin Lyons! I am the Chief Film Critic for The Pulse. Have any questions for me? Please feel free to email me at [email protected]
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