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Close puts a welcome female-fronted spin on the prototypical action thriller; unfortunately, the rest of the movie's ingredients are tediously predictable.
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Close feels like many of the numerous direct-to-DVD titles that were prevalent during the 2000s.
Close is strong on all counts, until it seems to lose its nerve and decides to explain a character who was more compelling when the film let her be a lethal question mark.
Rapace gives the film her all, delivering an intense, physically demanding performance, but Close doesn't get close enough to transcending its action-movie clichés.
"Close" works well when it sticks to the distinctive personal details of this kind of job; but it too often defaults to a run-of-the-mill international thriller.
Noomi Rapace is a badass bodyguard in Netflix's Close, but the movie's low-key racism counteracts its 'Yay, strong women!' message.
Hopefully Vicky Jewson and Noomi Rapace will reteam again for a sequel as this character is worthy of a franchise. One just hopes the plot will be as killer as Sam herself.
Filmmaker Vicky Jewson admittedly does a superb job of immediately drawing the viewer into the proceedings...
Female-driven action thriller has graphic violence, language
A generic action thriller whose lasting impact on viewers will depend to a large extent on how tolerant they are of scenes involving women getting smacked around repeatedly before eventually getting the better of their attackers.
Close is frustratingly shallow, and in its breakneck pace leaves some of its character development in the dust, while trying to wring every bit of emotion out of its quieter moments whenever it can.
Close isn't so much an emotional puzzle to be solved as it is a box for Rapace to fight her way out of. But there isn't enough space for the most interesting commentary to flourish.
Close is a mess of a movie that likely started out with good intentions, but makes little sense by the end.
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