The Protégé (2021)
Director: Martin Campbell
Screenplay by: Richard Wenk
Starring: Maggie Q, Michael Keaton, Samuel L. Jackson and Robert Patrick
Tagline: Made for vengeance
The Overview: Beware of spoilers
Anna (Q) and Moody (Jackson) are assassins. Moody rescued and raised Anna since she was a child. When Moody is killed by a hit team, Anna vows revenge. Soon she finds herself in a cat and mouse game with Rembrandt (Keaton) an assassins with skills that match (surpass?) her own.
Maggie Q is more than capable as the world’s greatest assassin. Michael Keaton steals every scene he’s in. His “Nobody home” line still makes me smile. Samuel L. Jackson is always good. Poor Robert Patrick isn’t given much to do and what he is given isn’t great. No fault to him though, it’s just not a great role.
The Protégé is at it’s best when in action mode. The early scenes with Q and Keaton are fun, but after a while become repetitive. There’s a twist I didn’t see coming and the ending also holds a surprise (if not in what happens, then in the, uh, execution). The Protégé rates 3 of 5 stars.