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"Momentum" is a spectacularly generic action-thriller that, despite its sleekly shot and edited mayhem, lands with a giant thud.
Momentum is just that - a whole lot of forward motion without much to back it up or a compelling destination.
Crammed ... with leaden dialogue and predictable plot turns.
Mostly a bore.
Fast-paced but vacuous thriller.
All in all, Momentum is one big disappointingly generic mess of a movie that does very little to generate anticipation or excitement, let alone a viewing recommendation.
Stephen Campanelli... keeps Momentum moving with brisk assurance, making up for his film's routine script and modest budget with slick visuals and impressively punchy action.
Right down to its generic title, this laughable cat-and-mouse thriller is a celebration of vigilante clichés.
When Momentum gets going, there's an entertaining time to be had trying to catch up.
Campanelli's main goal seems to have been to incorporate as many action movie clichés as possible in a single film...
this action thriller never stops moving (except when Olga Kurylenko's kickass heroine Alex has her leg literally caught in a vice), racing through its series of genre routines in the hope that speed alone can cover over any cracks.
With a plot so thin that it's barely there, this sleek South African action thriller is surprisingly entertaining simply because the cast is allowed to chomp merrily on the scenery as they try to torment and kill each other.
A fairly standard heist film, Momentum delivers some good action but is completely predictable. After robbing a bank vault, former CIA agent Alex and her crew are betrayed by their client who proceeds to kill them off in order to recover a flash drive and clean up loose ends. Olga Kurylenko and James Purefoy lead the cast and give strong performances. But the script is poorly written, as it's extremely formulaic and full of clichés. Still, the fight scenes are well-choreographed and bring some excitement and suspense to the film. While Momentum is entertaining, it lacks anything original or compelling.
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