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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, an adrenaline-pumping action thriller written and directed by Vicky Jewson (Born of War), is inspired by the life of the world's leading female bodyguard, Jacquie Davis. The film stars Noomi Rapace as Sam, a counter-terrorist expert used to war zones, who takes on the job of protecting Zoe (Sophie Nélisse), a young and rich heiress - a babysitting job for her. But a violent attempted kidnapping forces the two to go on the run. Now they've got to take some lives - or lose theirs.

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Close feels like many of the numerous direct-to-DVD titles that were prevalent during the 2000s.

Jan 20, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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.

Jan 18, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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.

Jan 17, 2019 | Full Review…

"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.

Jan 16, 2019 | Full Review…

Noomi Rapace is a badass bodyguard in Netflix's Close, but the movie's low-key racism counteracts its 'Yay, strong women!' message.

Feb 7, 2019 | Full Review…

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.

Jan 26, 2019 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

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