The 355 is a spy thriller with an all star cast that we thought was a pretty average movie. We did enjoy some of the action and the actors all did a good job however this film was not original enough to truly grab us.
The 355 follows 4 separate agents from different agencies across the globe as they try to prevent a weapon of mass destruction from falling into the wrong hands. Mace Browne (Jessica Chastain) and Nick Fowler (Sebastian Stan) are tasked with retrieving the drive via a hand-off and unsurprisingly, it goes terribly. Really isn’t a movie if it goes well. After they lose the drive, Mace teams up with Lupita Nyong’o (Khadijah Adiyeme), Mari Schmidt (Diane Kruger) and Penelope Cruz (Graciela Rivera) to track down the drive. Cut off from their own agencies, they have to rely on each to prevent world destruction.
For a highly talked about spy-movie, I wasn’t very impressed to begin with. The cool gadgets were pretty lacking, and I thought our main characters should have been way more skilled. There is one scene where a jump is missed for really no reason, and it makes absolutely no sense that a highly trained agent wouldn’t be able to make that. It almost felt like the writers were trying to create underdogs. Total waste of time. It looked terrible and hurt the movie in the bigger picture. That goes away as the movie goes along, and we get some really cool fight scenes that show off their prowess as spies. I just really wish we would have started that way instead of having to develop that.
The story itself is pretty simple, with a few twists and turns. I thought the second hour was a whole heck of a lot better than the first. The start felt slow and drawn out. This didn’t need the kind of slow character development it got, and it made the beginning a lot harder to watch than necessary. The second half on the other hand was full of twists and turns. It was at this point that it really started to feel like the spy movie I expected and it was so much better. It wasn’t great, but it really pulled the movie back from the edge.
For a new release in theatres, this probably isn’t worth your money, but it is worth a watch once it comes to theatres. The characters and plot are pretty good if you can survive that first hour. Honestly, a little bit lacking for a spy movie, but still watchable.
When I first saw the trailer for this movie, I was scared that the whole movie would be overly feminist, where the characters were only good characters because they were women. Instead, I was pleasantly surprised that the movie didn’t try to shove feminist ideologies down our throats, as if the viewer isn’t able to read between the lines for anything. So, speaking of characters, I didn’t mind the ones that were shown here. All the women in the movie felt unique and they all had different personalities. I especially liked Graciela’s character. Being just a normal person and thrust into this situation is rough, so I liked her reactions throughout the story.
Plot wise, this movie is just your generic spy movie. It’s a plot that’s been explored plenty before, so if you’re expecting a revolutionary movie, then this isn’t it. On that note, as a story, it was alright. Most of the twists were quite predictable, and the coming together of all the characters feels a bit forced. With a bit more thought, there could’ve been a better way to incorporate all the characters and their motivations. There were also a few instances where things seemed to work out too well. Now, there were a few surprises in the end, but those are things I’ll cover in the spoiler section of this review.
Overall, The 355 was an okay movie. There was nothing too special about this movie and it was pretty generic. If you want to watch this movie, it’ll keep you moderately entertained.
The 355 is one of the most mediocre films I have watched in a while. What I mean by that is this is a film that I thought was alright and did nothing awful but is so standard that I will forget about it. The story follows 5 agents from around the world who team up to stop terrorists from using a device to cripple the world. Our leads played by Jessica Chastain, Diane Kruger, Lupita Nyong’o, Penélope Cruz, and Fan Bingbing all do a good job showing how life as a spy has had a great toll on their characters and their characters’ families. We see how for the most part they have all become loners and their relationships are all strained because of it. I thought this movie did a decent job balancing the characters though I would say that Jessica Chastain, Diane Kruger, and Lupita Nyong’o had the most screen time and importance to the plot with Chastain being our focal character. The story itself wasn’t amazing by any means but it wasn’t awful. It was pretty standard and generic with no real surprises other than one that I was actually surprised by. The action was okay but I found that they used shaky-cam too much causing it to be difficult to see what was going on in a lot of the scenes. Though when the action was more focused I found myself enjoying it thoroughly as there were some cool scenes and some badass moments. This movie does go dark at times which I appreciated as it made it feel more real when people are actually in danger.
All in all, this is a film that felt quite mediocre and average and it is one I would say is enjoyable enough to watch as I had a good time but I wouldn’t recommend going to the theatre for this one. I would wait until it is on a streaming service then check it out and see what you think.