ALEX SCHADRIE | ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR
In different forms of fiction, spies have been one of the last lines of defense against a major threat, but what happens when the spies need help?
In “Kingsman: The Golden Circle,” the sequel to the 2014 film “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” a criminal organization known as the Golden Circle has launched an attack against the Kingsman so that they can carry out their plan without any obstacles. Because of this attack, the remaining Kingsman are forced to head to the States and work alongside a group known as the Statement. Besides some of the original cast members such as Taron Egerton, Colin Firth and Mark Strong, this film added several new cast members including Julianne Moore, Channing Tatum, Halle Berry and Jeff Bridges.
The film starts with Eggsy Unwin (Taron Egerton), the hero from the first film, heading home when he is met by Charles Hesketh (Edward Holcroft), a former Kingsman trainee that sided with Richmond Valentine in the first movie and is now sporting a robotic arm. After a brief car battle, Eggsy manages to escape from Charles and heads home, but he does not realize that Charlie’s arm hacked into the Kingsman servers and sent the locations of all Kingsman operatives to Poppy Adams (Julianne Moore), the leader of a drug cartel based in Cambodia.
Later, while Eggsy is having dinner with his girlfriend (Hanna Alström) and her parents in Sweden, Poppy releases several missiles that not only destroy Kingsman headquarters, but also wipe out nearly all of the other Kingsman operatives, except for Merlin (Mark Strong). Realizing that they are the only surviving Kingsmen, Eggsy and Merlin initiate a doomsday protocol, which turns out to be a bottle of whiskey with a secret message that tells them to go to Kentucky.
Once they arrive in Kentucky, Eggsy and Merlin meet the Statesmen, a secret organization led by Champagne (Jeff Bridges) and whose operatives includes the bad boy Tequila (Channing Tatum), the tech savvy Ginger Ale (Halle Berry) and the lasso-wielding Whiskey (Pedro Pascal).
Once at Statesman headquarters, Eggsy and Merlin also discover that Harry (Colin Firth), Eggy’s mentor, survived being shot in the head by Valentine but is suffering from amnesia. While the Kingsmen and the Statesmen start to talk about what each one knew about a terrorist organization known as the Golden Circle, Champagne notices that Tequila is starting to develop a blue rash. It is eventually revealed that the blue rash was caussed by a toxin added by Poppy to all the recreational drugs she sold and that it will eventually lead to death. Realizing that an antidote needs to be created fast, the remaining Kingsmen and Statesmen rush off to stop Poppy and save the world.
While this movie was certainly filled with a lot of action, I was a little underwhelmed by the plot. Another problem is that Channing Tatum was taken out too early in the movie even though it seemed like he was going to be an essential new character. Another issue was that there was a lot less comedy in this film compared to the original. Finally, some of the death scenes were too graphic and disturbing in my view.
Even though there were a few issues with this movie, there were some things that I liked about it, too, like seeing Sir Elton John kicking some bad guy butt while wearing a colorful, feathery outfit. I did also like how Julianne Moore played such a great psycho villain. Despite of some of its faults, this was still an entertaining film that I would recommend that other people see.