This is a tongue-in-cheek explosive movie starring Colin Firth, Michael Caine, and superbad Samuel L. Jackson, who is always good as a villain because he seems to enjoy playing such roles. His enjoyment makes you intensely dislike him (in character of course), and in this film he is quite the psycho with a civilized façade. His assistant is an amputee with bladed prosthetic feet and furtive martial moves.
The movie is about a secret organization agent, Colin Firth, who feels indebted toward a fellow member he had trained and was killed in action. Colin visits the dead man’s family and gives the mother and her little boy a token that they can use if they ever find themselves in dire straits. Years later, the boy grows up as a young man who has made wrong choices. When he invokes the token, the boy’s journey to becoming a super-agent begins. Everything from here on is larger than life. You just lose yourself in the magnitude of the overall wealth and evil that has to be conquered with the weapons and skills the young man has acquired. Lots of action and twists.
I watched the movie because of all the three actors previously named. Michael Caine is one of my all-time favorites, and I’ve seen almost all the movies he’s been in, so the list would be lengthy and I would probably leave some out. My other favorite is Colin Firth, so I’ve listed and ranked below the movies he’s starred in and I’ve viewed, with one being the best.
1. Pride and Prejudice
2. Mamma Mia
3. Kingsman: The Secret Service
4. King’s Speech
5. Nanny McPhee
7. Where the Truth Lies
8. The Importance of Being Earnest
9. Magic in the Moonlight
10. Before I Go to Sleep
11. The Railway Man
12. Bridget Jones and Bridget Jones: the Edge of Reason
13. Arthur Newman
14. The English Patient
15. Love Actually
16. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy