"Excessively Violent and Ultimately Unsatisfying"
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THE PROTÉGÉ has an impressive lead trio of actors and some snappy dialogue. Its action is impressive and fun in the beginning, but the plot eventually becomes too convoluted, murky and bloody for its own good. Also, the ending is unsatisfying and open ended, setting viewers up for a sequel. THE PROTÉGÉ has lots of foul language, a casual attitude toward sex and frequent bloody depictions of violence. The average moviegoer probably would find THE PROTÉGÉ not worth their time.
THE PROTÉGÉ follows the adventures of a female assassin who must confront her past in order to avenge the murder of her mentor. THE PROTÉGÉ has some impressive action sequences and better-than-average acting and dialogue for a B-movie thriller, but ultimately it devolves into too much bloody mayhem and murky plotting, resulting in an unsatisfying ending.
The movie opens in 1991 in Vietnam and shows an assassin named Moody (Samuel L. Jackson) who finds a young girl with blood streaked on her face and holding a gun in her hands. Eventually, viewers see in other flashbacks that she grabbed the gun after watching a group of evil men kill her mother before her eyes. Moody takes her under his wing to a new life in London. Cut to her as an adult (Maggie Q) getting involved in the kidnapping of a crime boss’ son, which is really a ruse to get to the boss and kill him ruthlessly for a paid assignment.
Anna lives with Moody in a spacious home and maintains a cover image working in a rare bookstore. When Moody gets a tip that a missing boy named Lucas Hayes for whom he’s been searching for 30 years is alive as a grown man in Vietnam, he asks her to join him on his quest to find him. However, Anna swears she’ll never go back to her native land.
Before he can leave, however, Moody’s home is invaded, and Anna finds him dead in the bathtub. As she searches his computer to find out more of what he was doing in Vietnam, she decides she must return to Vietnam to figure out who killed him and avenge his death. Meanwhile, a man named Michael Rembrandt (Michael Keaton) has mysterious intentions of his own. He and Anna wind up in a cat-and-mouse relationship as they alternate between wanting to kill each other and make love together.
THE PROTÉGÉ has an impressive lead trio of actors and some snappy dialogue. Its action is impressive and fun to watch in the beginning, but eventually the plot becomes too convoluted for its own good. As a result, it’s easy to get lost among all the twists of who wants to kill whom and why. As the plot gets murkier, the violence gets more extreme to the point of being highly unpleasant.
The movie’s ending has a ridiculous plot twist about Anna’s mentor. Hat is followed by a confrontation between Anna and her lover that cuts away at the climax to leave viewers wondering just what happened; all in the service of setting up a sequel that’s highly unlikely to ever be made.
THE PROTÉGÉ has lots of foul language, a casual attitude toward sex and frequent bloodbath depictions of violence. Thus, THE PROTÉGÉ is clearly only appropriate for adults, with extreme caution. However, viewers of any age probably will want to spend their precious two hours watching something better.