STARRING: TARON EGERTON, COLIN FIRTH, CHANNING TATUM, HALLE BERRY, JULIANNE MORE AND MARK STRONG
DIRECTOR: MATTHEW VAUGHN
RELEASE DATE: SEPTEMBER 22, 2017
Kingsman: The Golden Circle is a sequel to Kingsman: The Secret Service which grossed $400 million globally on an initial budget of $81 million. The franchise is turning into a monetary juggernaut that seems to be unstoppable. The Kingsman, for those of you who didn’t see the first film, are an independent, international intelligence agency that fights to keep the world safe as discrete and professional as possible. In Kingsman: The Golden Circle we see familiar faces from the first movie accepting new challenges and meeting new people.
The movie began unexpectedly with the Kingsman’s headquarters being destroyed and the world as they know it is taken hostage by the queen of the drug cartel, Poppy (Julianne Moore). She has released a virus into popular drugs around the world in order to take it hostage while she hides out in a redesigned space that she has created for herself in the middle of a jungle.
Kingsmen Eggsy (Taron Egerton), Merlin (Mark Strong) and Harry (Colin Firth) journey to the United States were they discover another secret organization, The Statesman. The Statesman are an allied group that was organized in the same era as the Kingsman. The Statesman are an intelligence agency as well but with a more western flare. The two work together to take down their common enemy Poppy and her renowned drug cartel.
The movie takes its viewers through various scenes which some moviegoers may deem as excessive. The characters face many different challenges and travel many different places making the story line difficult to follow at times. It is evident that Kingsman: The Golden Circle is trying to keep up with the exciting and over the top story line that was in Kingsman: The Secret Service. It is possible to get lost and even a bit bored while watching the movie but there are several action scenes that brings the viewers back in.
The movie can be compared to the old school James Bond era of film making and has an overall engaging story line. The film’s audacious and in your face presence is what really keeps viewers on the edge of their seats having them leaving the theaters talking about the different dynamics of the story. The director, Matthew Vaughn, really had a creative vision for the film and made sure to fit his vision into the 2 hour and 21 minute plateau. Kingsman: The Golden Circle receives 7 stars out of 10 stars.