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Kingsman: The Secret Service
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The age of the gentleman spy returns with a vengeance in director Matthew Vaughn's vibrant, irreverent caper. Cult TV show
meets Bond as Colin Firth (in brilliantly pithy form) stars as Harry Hart, a John Steed-like agent in the Kingsman organisation, whose operatives are codenamed after Round Table knights - Firth is Galahad, Michael Caine is Arthur, Mark Strong is Merlin - only with Savile Row suits and ingenious gadgets. Plotwise, it's a case of the urbane rubbing up against the urban when Hart recruits a dead colleague's tearaway teenage son (Taron Egerton) and puts him through his secret-service paces. Lying in wait for them, however, is a larger-than-life billionaire villain (Samuel L Jackson, having a ball as a megalomaniac with a lisp and an aversion to violence) and his lethally leggy henchwoman (Sofia Boutella), whose plans to take over the world would make Blofeld turn green with envy. As he did with superheroes in
X-Men: First Class
, Vaughn injects some much-needed fun into an increasingly grim genre. He evidently loves 1960s spy flicks but, be warned, this is no
-style spoof; there's bawdy, violent material of a more contemporary vintage here - an investigation of a redneck church ends up like a scene from
The Walking Dead
. Ultimately, though, light-hearted, fast-moving entertainment is the name of the game, with Firth a quite excellent action hero.
A streetwise teenager is taken under the wing of his dead father's old colleague, an agent working for a super-secret spy organisation. Will the youngster prove to be a chip off the old block by proving useful during a battle against a twisted, hi-tech genius? Action comedy based on a comic book, starring Colin Firth, Taron Egerton and Samuel L Jackson.
Cast & Crew
Harry Hart / Galahad
Samuel L Jackson
Gary "Eggsy" Unwin
20th Century Fox
Violence, swearing, nudity
DVD and Blu-ray
30 Jan 2015
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