Kate Beckinsale leads electrifying and enjoyable action thriller
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Kate Beckinsale has anger problem in Shaking – well, it’s not her problem, but a problem for all who stand in its way. In the movie, Beckinsale is allowed to unleash her charm and comedic chops as she once again proves to be an action star. Beckinsale has been delightfully sardonic in other projects such as Love friendship, but paired with a vibrant blonde hairstyle and some interesting fashion pieces, Beckinsale takes charisma to a whole new level. Shaking is a dark, funny action thriller that puts the incomparable Beckinsale at the center of the action and is entertaining from start to finish.
Beckinsale plays Lindy, a woman with a neurological disorder that makes her angry very quickly. Only his mind can match his temper. Using cutting edge, super shady technology, Lindy can control her violent impulses by attaching a special electrode device to her body, which releases high-voltage shocks that stop her rage-fueled impulses at the push of a button. Other than this twisted device, apparently nothing is able to control her, that is, until she meets the right man. Justin (Jai Courtney) is a kind, unpretentious accountant, and he and Lindy immediately hit it off. Justin is a calming force for Lindy and it is unlike anything she has known before. He also happens to be completely indifferent to Lindy’s issues, who also acts as the perfect aphrodisiac for her. Just as things are going well, however, Justin is killed. Now Lindy is on the hunt for blood as the only good thing that has happened to her is mercilessly taken to her.
Against all odds and against the advice of her psychiatrist, Dr. Munchkin (Stanley Tucci), Lindy opts for full suicide bomber to find those responsible for Justin’s death. The film, directed by Tanya Wexler, has a propulsive energy worthy of the protagonist. The film progresses quickly and the action is well staged, although lacking in ambition. John wick perhaps set the bar too high. But despite the action scenes and stunts lacking in locations, the film remains interesting and thrilling, with an elegant flair that keeps audiences engaged throughout.
Wexler, production designer Russel De Rozario, cinematographer Jules O’Loughlin and editor Christopher Barwell give Shaking a dynamism and an energy that never slackens. The behind-the-scenes precision and efficiency work seamlessly to elevate what is a competently written storyline that is fun and engaging. This is the first screenplay to be produced by screenwriter Scott Wascha and it’s easy to see how appealing this screenplay would be. it has a bit of everything audiences love about action thrillers and it fits perfectly into a post-John wick and Atomic blonde world.
The only glaring problem with this story is the clear setup it makes for future films. While it’s admirable that the filmmakers have the ambition to lay the groundwork for a film series based on Lindy, her anger issues, and the potential ramifications of weaponizing her special skills, the movie would have been better served. if he had been treated as a singular entity. . Shaking ends with a loose ending, which puts an abrupt end to the pleasure of the film and its characters.
It can’t be overstated how impressive a bow-wrapped finale can be, but if there’s a sequel to Shaking it will not be entirely inappropriate. Shaking is an electrifyingly good time. It’s utterly delicious and charming from start to finish, and that is largely due to a very compelling main performance by Beckinsale. Simply put, Beckinsale fans will fully appreciate the actress in this particular role. This action thriller also has the potential to be enjoyed by fans of the genre and would make a nice double feature with the first one. John wick. And, if there should be any potential sequelae to Shaking, may they build on the momentum of the original film in the same way as the John wick the suites did.
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Shaking is available to stream on Amazon Prime at Friday July 23. The film is 91 minutes long and is rated R for violence and language.
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