Netflix have a seemingly unending roll of original films and
TV series releasing these days. Almost like whenever one of their content
buyers goes to Costco they come back with a bulk pack of new shows or movies, the
3 for $10 special.
Close stars Noomi
Rapace as Sam Carlson, a terrorism expert whom is now a bodyguard.. Rapace is
someone whom I believe could be one of the greatest female action stars of all
time by the time her career ends. Sam is sent to protect spiteful, thoughtless
and ignorant teen Zoe Tanner (Sophie Nelisse) while she is on holiday in
Morocco. Much to the dislike of her step mother, Rima (Indria Varma), Zoe is
the beneficiary to her late fathers business. While on holiday, the place she
is staying is raided, forcing Sam and Zoe go on the run.
The film is no masterpiece, but it is certainly
entertaining. Written by Vicky Jewson and Rupert Whitaker, with Vicky Jewson taking
the directors seat it contains some great fun action scenes. It’s great to see
another female director making an action film, and hopefully Jewson can get
more under her belt after this. Rapace shines in any action scene and this was
no exception, she is a competent actress and the right role will pay excellent
dividends to her career. While the leading part in the millennium series has
done her wonders and parts in American films, Sherlock Holmes: A game of
shadows, Prometheus and The Drop also haven’t hurt she is still yet to find the
part that will make her a household name.
As Carlson, Rapace comes through with flying colours. She is
tough, rigid, and resilient and kicks ass. There is a scene in a fishing
vessels fish tank which is particularly cool. It’s a great scene which highlights
Carlson ability to stay calm, also having a school of fish dash around the
characters fighting makes it more intense. While she won’t garner any awards
nominations for this role, she hits the right notes and it is very entertaining
Sophie Nelisse’s Zoe is the annoying brat in need of life
lessons, maturing and a decent role model and Nelisse pulls out all the stops.
She is arrogant and a complete pain, doing almost everything to make Carlson want
to abandon her post, but Carlson never does. With all the constant accusations
from Zoe that Carlson is going to abandon her, you wouldn’t blame her if she
did. Zoe’s mother in law Zima, played by Indria Varma (Game of Thrones). Zima is a cold woman and is absolutely disgusted
by the fact that Zoe was left the company by her late husband. Varma plays the
role very convincingly, she’s cold, conniving and malicious clearly showing
that she has only her own best interests
I complain a lot about action films being too complicated
these days but Close brings it back
to simple – simple story, simple action and simple characters. There’s no big
twists, no tight turns – it’s just a good story with some good action. The
action isn’t exactly non-stop though, there are some slow moments but not
enough to make it boring, which a plus.
So if you’re keen for a low key action flick to keep you
entertained for ninety minutes then grab a bag of popcorn or some chips and
give Close a shot. Rapace is a great performer and the action won’t disappoint.
Privacy & Cookies Policy
Necessary cookies are absolutely essential for the website to function properly. This category only includes cookies that ensures basic functionalities and security features of the website. These cookies do not store any personal information.
Any cookies that may not be particularly necessary for the website to function and is used specifically to collect user personal data via analytics, ads, other embedded contents are termed as non-necessary cookies. It is mandatory to procure user consent prior to running these cookies on your website.