Trailer Spotlight: THE RHYTHM SECTION (2020)

Happy Tuesday, everyone!! I’ve been meaning to do a trailer post but somehow kept getting sidetracked. Now, since I’ll be seeing The Rhythm Section tonight, and am quite excited about it, I thought I’d post it today.

Stephanie Patrick veers down a path of self-destruction after a tragic plane crash kills her family. When Stephanie discovers it wasn’t an accident, she soon embarks on a bloody quest for revenge to punish those responsible.

I have a thing for international spy thrillers, I like the cast and the trailer looked promising. Based on a novel by Mark Burnell, who also wrote the screenplay, and produced by EON Productions, the film company known for producing the James Bond films. I’ve been a big fan of Blake Lively, I think she’s a charismatic and versatile actress. I’ve seen her in four films so far, The Town, Age of Adaline, The Shallows, A Simple Favor, and she’s good in all of them. We already know Lively can play a believable femme fatale, but here, perhaps she can display her prowess as an action heroine.

Jude Law‘s grown to be a reliable character actor over the years, and Sterling K. Brown is undeniably a fantastic actor. He’s amazing in WAVES, too bad somehow he’s overlooked this award season. Looks like he’s playing Lively’s love interest in this one based on a glimpse of the trailer? Oooh yeah!

I’m also excited the fact that it’s helmed by a female director, Reed Moreno. This is Moreno’s third film after Meadowland and I Think We’re Alone Now, where she did double duty as director and DP. In fact, you might have seen her outstanding work as a cinematographer in Frozen River, Kill Your Darlings, The Skeleton Twins. For her work directing the pilot for HBO’sThe Handmaid’s Tale, she won both the DGA and Emmy award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series. I haven’t seen her directing work yet, so I’m super excited to see this. This time she’s working with DP Sean Bobbitt who garnered many accolades for 12 Years Of Slave.

One worrisome part is the fact that the film’s release date was delayed at least twice. Per IMDb Trivia, it was originally scheduled for a February 22, 2019 release, before being delayed ten months, apparently because Lively got injured on set. Then it’s finally ready for release later this Friday, January 31. I’ll give this one the benefit of the doubt though, let’s hope this one wouldn’t be a typical January dud.

What are your thoughts of The Rhythm Section trailer?

7 thoughts on “Trailer Spotlight: THE RHYTHM SECTION (2020)

  1. This one looks good but yeah the delayed released date and also January release worries me too. The winter months are dumping ground for studios’ lackluster films. No expectations from me and I might enjoy it when I see it.

    I just watched another female led spy thriller ANNA the other day and I really enjoyed that one.

    1. I think part of the delay is due to the lead actress’ injury which makes sense. So I’m hoping the Winter release doesn’t automatically mean it’s a January dud.

      Oh, isn’t ANNA by Luc Besson? Would you review that for me when you have a chance? Thanks Ted!

  2. Yeah ANNA was directed by Besson. Unfortunately it came out last summer around the time he was accused of rape and the studio didn’t want to have anything to do with it. They just dumped it in theaters without much promotion. Sure, i’ll write a review of later this week and send it over.

    1. Ah right, I remember Besson’s sexual allegations. Not sure whatever happened with that, but I can see that studios would dump whenever there’s a controversy. Ok yeah, you can just send the review to me when you have time, no rush as I still have to post my Top 10 list and your Top 10 shows of the decade list too 😀

      1. I thought she was OK in The Town and The Private Lives of Pippa Lee but there’s also Savages as that wasn’t a good movie at all. Then there’s All I See is You with Jason Clarke and man, that was one of the worst movies I’ve seen and she is atrocious in it. I just don’t think she’s a strong dramatic actress.

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