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The Protege

By Monique Jones, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Diverse but underwhelming assassin flick is very violent.

Movie R 2021 140 minutes
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age 11+

Great the review is misleading

It was a great movie the review is very misleading it makes the sex sound so much worse then it really is there is one scene where it shows boobs but it lasts like 10 seconds besides that it is just violent there isn’t much swearing so for a mature 11-12 year old

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This action film tries to bring something new to a genre that was already irrevocably changed (and challenged by) the John Wick franchise, but it falls short. To be fair, The Protégé isn't trying to be another John Wick. But it does feel like the filmmakers might have had high hopes of starting their own franchise centered on a kick-butt female action star. However, the storyline doesn't have enough staying power to fuel several films.

The film follows the usual cliché of an assassin out for revenge, with the most notable departure from the norm being that an Asian American woman and a Black man are the two lead characters. Having Q and Jackson in the main roles is a welcome change of pace and proof that Hollywood is at least trying to heed the call of being more diverse in its casting. But that alone can't save a film that has a weak story. Characterizations are simplistic and expected, and the reasons why people are out to get Moody are ill-defined. Keaton and Jackson do their best with their roles, and Q is entertaining enough in her action sequences. But if the story were stronger, Q and her castmates would be better served. Overall, The Protégé is a film you can put on if you're bored, but otherwise, it's a middle-of-the-road story.

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