Film ac­tion and may­hem

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MOVIE RE­VIEW Kings­man: The Golden Cir­cle Rated MA 15+ Re­view: Ash­wini Saseedaran, 7/10

En­thu­si­asts of ad­ven­tur­ous, world-sav­ing, ac­tion-packed, secret-agency films no doubt looked for­ward to the lat­est in­stal­ment in the Kings­man fran­chise.

Al­though movies of this kind have ar­guably been done to death, The Golden Cir­cle cer­tainly puts a spin on the usual pre­dictabil­ity of good v bad guys plots.

With the world un­der a new threat by evil drug lord Poppy Adams (Ju­lianne Moore), the now fully op­er­a­tional Kings­man agent Eg­gsy (Taron Eger­ton) teams up with Amer­i­can coun­ter­part agency States­man to save the day.

Al­though ro­botic dogs, can­ni­bal­ism and an ex­tended cameo ap­pear­ance by El­ton John were not enough to make this film a suc­cess, for some, out­landish scenes — Harry Hart’s (Colin Firth) re­turn from the dead and imag­i­na­tive props like brief­case guns, um­brella shields and laser las­sos — are still im­pres­sive in gen­er­at­ing a buzz.

Di­rec­tor Matthew Vaughn’s brav­ery in in­clud­ing out-of-the­o­r­di­nary scenes should be ap­plauded.

Halle Berry, Chan­ning Ta­tum and Jeff Bridges also grace the film, but their min­i­mal roles do not al­low these big stars to branch out as note­wor­thy char­ac­ters.

The flick makes all the right moves, ex­cus­ing the lengthy 141 min­utes of run time, with laughs and gasps pop­ping up amid the cap­ti­vat­ing plot.

Some may rec­om­mend this movie as a rental op­tion rather than one wor­thy of a cin­ema out­ing, but there is no harm in go­ing along with no ex­pec­ta­tions and pre­par­ing for a joy ride.

Pic­ture: Giles Keyte

Kings­man: The Golden Cir­cle has some out­landish scenes.

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