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Sunday, 8 March 2015

Film No. 13 (2015) Kingsman: The Secret Service March 2nd.

Film No. 13 (2015) March 2nd. 6:00 PM ORANA Cinema 3 Albany.

"Manners maketh man. Do you know what that means? Then let me teach you a lesson". (Harry Hart in a pub just before teaching a handful of hoods a lesson).

Kingsman: The Secret Service.

The action that unfolds in Kingsman is breathtaking. When the titles roll the list of stunt people is exhaustively long, but it is not surprising. This spoof on all things James Bond ranks with the best of any J.B. film ever made because it is action packed with just the right amount of tension, brilliantly scripted and continually laughs at itself. It is no mean feat to cover all of those bases successfully.

From the opening titles which tumble into position from the blasted stones of an ancient building under fire to the biggest single fight scene in a church ever staged, Kingsman locks us in purely to entertain. Colin Firth plays Harry Hart or Galahad, the supreme knight of Kingsman:The Secret Service and it is Hart who take most responsibility for finding a replacement agent for Lancelot (Jack Davenport) after his death in the most unique style.

In a small world scenario Hart takes responsibility for Eggsy (Taron Egerton)and nominates his young protege to fill the latest Secret Service position. And so the parallel story lines begin. Valentine (Samuel Jackson) begins his quest to rule the world with Harry Hart hot on his heels while Eggsy takes on a training regime pitting his wits against 5 other aspirants. And of course the twain shall meet. The story was created by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons in 2012 as part of the Secret Service comic series.

Kingsman is clever. The writing is slick with comic deadpan delivery and a villain (Jackson) with a speech impediment so brilliantly sustained perhaps Valentine will attract cult status. Either way Kingsman works on all levels and needs to be seen in a cinema ASAP by anyone who wants to be entertained. Tally Ho you men in double breasted suits.   10GUMS    

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