From the producer of the (somewhat) critically-acclaimed X-Men franchise and the director of the (definitely not) critically-acclaimed Dark Phoenix, Simon Kinberg, The 355 features a rather stellar cast in Jessica Chastain, Lupita Nyong’o, Penélope Cruz, Fan Bingbing, Diane Kruger and Sebastian Stan, and still somehow manages to be boring and uninteresting.
Conceptually, it’s a rather progressive story, so it’s a shame the execution is so lousy. It’s not even the fact that The 355 doesn’t have anything to say, it’s the predictability of it all. I predicted story turns forty minutes before they even happened, and that took literally all of the fun out of it. Everything I see her I’ve seen before in dozens of other spy movies, and bringing something new to the table is the only way I think this movie could have redeemed itself. Lord knows the trailers looked terrible, but as far as I’m concerned, there’s hope for a movie until it’s over, however bad it looks. There is, unfortunately, no hope for The 355.
If I were to look for a bright spot, I would mention how the acting isn’t terrible, but is only middlingly decent. The production design, costumes and set pieces are fun to look at, action is fine and there are a few moments intended to be shocking, but everything is so unremarkable that high praise is hard to give.
Director: Simon Kinberg
Writers: Theresa Rebeck and Simon Kinberg
Starring: Jessica Chastain, Lupita Nyong’o, Penélope Cruz, Fan Bingbing, Diane Kruger
Rated: PG-13 for sequences of strong violence, brief strong language, and suggestive material