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The Rhythm Section - Five Reasons You'll Love It
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The Rhythm Section - Five Reasons You'll Love It

On-set trouble is nothing new in Hollywood. Delays don't necessarily signal that a film is in trouble, just that life happens, as it did in the case of heavily-delayed action-thriller The Rhythm Section. 

Production began at the tail end of 2017 with the intention of releasing in February of 2019. Things soon had to be abruptly halted after star Blake Lively broke her hand in a stunt. 

Then, after the film was finished and with a new release date of November 2019, Lively became pregnant with her third child. Needing the star to promote the $50 million dollar action-thriller, producers delayed until after her maternity leave. Thus it arrives in cinemas this week. 

The film sees Lively play Stephanie Patrick, a woman who suffers a devastating loss when her family are killed in a plane crash, a crash on a flight she was also due to be on. 

Discovering, years later, that the crash was not an accident, she sets out to find the culprits, with the help of Jude Law's no-nonsense former Mi6 man Iain Boyd. 

Starring alongside Lively and Law are Sterling K. Brown, Max Casella and Geoff Bell. 

Reed Morano, director of The Skeleton Twins, is in charge. She takes charge of a script from writer Mark Burnell, who also penned the novel which the story is based on. 

007 producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson have overseen the movie, marking only the second time they have stepped outside the world of 007. 

The film is in cinemas today and will be released in cinemas later this year, but we caught an early screening and have rounded up five reasons why you'll love it...

 

It's visceral...

 

Lively has admitted in interviews that her broken hand came after she punched Law far too hard during a stunt and you can see how the situation arose. The fight scenes are brutal and all will make you wince. 

 

There's a great soundtrack...

As well as Sleigh Bells' stonking cover of the Leadbelly classic 'Where Did You Sleep Last Night?', Morano mixes serene cuts from the likes of Elvis Presley in with the movie's brooding soundtrack. It's creative and unsettling. 

 

It's superbly directed...

Morano has cut her teeth in TV, with extensive credits in stylish dramas like Vinyl, The Handmaid's Tale and Billions. But she dispenses with all the slickness here. The camerawork and editing owe more to Paul Greengrass' Bourne movies, with shaking cameras and extreme close-ups. It's a thrilling watch. 

 

It keeps you guessing... 

The quest for revenge is never simple and so it proves here. Patrick's journey will keep you on your toes until the very last few minutes. 

 

There's more if we want it...

The film is based on the first of a series of Burnell's novels involving Patrick and you get the sense there's more if the audience desires it. We hope so...

 

The Rhythm Section is out now in UK cinemas and will be released on DVD later this year. It is available to pre-order here in hmv's online store. 

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