I guess I had been living under a rock, not having heard a single thing about Kingsman: The Secret Service until I saw it pop up as a new release on Netflix. I guess I was missing out.
The simple story is that Eggsy is a teen that seems to be headed down the right path, until his potential is recognized by one of the Kingsman, a type of James Bond-esque spies who are highly trained and are able to do some pretty cool stuff. Eggsy is recruited for training, and needs to stop the evil plan for a mass human killing spree to eliminate the problems of global warming, by the lisping Samuel L. Jackson, who serves as the primary villain of the film.
Colin Firth serves as the wily, elder Kingsman, who takes Eggsy under his wing. And he is pretty awesome, reminiscent of how cool Liam Neeson was in the first Taken film. An older actor-turned-action star, Firth gets to be the center of some pretty incredible, and hyper-violent, fight scenes that absolutely took me by surprise. I did not expect to see him walk in to a church and brutally eliminate an entire congregation.
But we get to see it, and it is pretty awesome, and endlessly fun to watch.
That goes for the entire film. It is just entertaining.
The training for the Kingsman recruits is pretty cool, set up like a competition where only one person will have what it takes to become a new member of the squad. The embark on fun adventures in attempts to prove themselves, and we get to see the transformation of Eggsy from street-wise youth, to trained killer. There is also one of the more fun villains in a while, Gazelle, who has prosthetic, blade-runner style legs that are equipped with deadly knives at the end. She provides great fight scenes, and impressive ability with her legs to dismember, or even decapitate, her opposition. Gazelle is a great henchman, and very watchable as the film progresses. Every time she appears, or tears her skirt off to reveal the deadliness of her legs, viewers can be sure that they will be in for a good time.
I guess I had completely missed the boat on this film, but am happy that I had the chance to watch it. It is based of the comic series, The Secret Service, and creates a very memorable group of characters throughout, something that cannot be said for all comic book films. This one doesn’t take ages to establish characters and give them infinite back stories, which is thankful to the viewer who craves some blood, instead of too much story.
Kingsman: The Secret Service is a fast-paced action film, and it doesn’t disappoint, pretty much right from the beginning. There is more than enough here to keep viewers entertained and happy, and makes for one of the better action films that have been released in the past while. It is surely set up for a sequel, so I’m sure we haven’t seen the last of the Kingsman.