Spoiler-Free Review of “The Protégé” in Theaters: Don’t Mess with Maggie Q!

**This is a spoiler-free review so feel free to read on!**

“You taught me how to find things that didn’t want to be found…”

The Protégé premiered in theaters on August 20th 2021. The revenge thriller film stars Maggie Q, Samuel L. Jackson, and Michael Keaton. It is approximately 1 hour and fifty minutes long.

Anna was rescued as a child in Vietnam by an assassin. She develops her own skills as a talented assassin over the years, proving to be the best of the best. After her mentor is killed, she seeks out revenge, leaving a pile of bodies everywhere she goes.

Here is the trailer:

The Protege brings our beloved Maggie Q back to the screen to show off her fighting skills, giving us plenty of action along the way. But does this film do anything truly unique and is it worthy of your next watch? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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All hail Maggie Q!

Maggie Q is one of my favorite actresses of all time. I loved her in the show Nikita and she really goes all out in every film, committing herself completely to each and every role. But she’ll always be the fashionable assassin to me and that’s what she got to play in this film.

Her fashion was so on point (seriously I want every single outfit from the film) and she showed off her fighting skills and then some. She is the BEST part of this movie. 

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Lots of action.

The fight scenes are brutal and really entertaining to watch. I have seen a lot of films before featuring a female assassin, but Maggie Q reminds us why she is the queen of the assassins. She is so incredible to watch on screen and she somehow makes even the most violent scenes watchable. The choreography behind the fight scenes was really well done.

The Cons:

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Revenge thriller by the numbers…

The plot was lacking in a lot of ways for me. It wasn’t necessarily bad, but it just felt very predictable and generic in a way. The fight scenes kept the pace going, but the moments in-between felt uninspiring, which was really disappointing.

No real character development.

Maggie Q deserves a lot more here. We do get glimpses into her past, but we don’t explore her present fully. It just felt like we were jumping from one scene to the next without really understanding her character.

Several of the sub-plots also just went away, which made me wonder why we even spent any time on them…

So am I in or out?

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I’m 50/50 on this one…

I’m in for Maggie Q. Her wardrobe was incredible, the fight scenes were out of this world, and I’m always thrilled to watch her in pretty much anything.

That being said, she deserved a better film. While the action was entertaining enough to make this an OK watch, it could have been a lot better so that was somewhat frustrating.

Overall, I was entertained, but I just wanted more!

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on The Protege in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!


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My performance of the week ending 4/13/19 on TV goes to…

Jodie Comer as Villanelle on Killing Eve. Jodie is so brilliant as Villanelle, captivating our attention again and again.  Villanelle’s character is the most interesting one on television right now for me and part of that is because Jodie Comer brings her to life with such intensity.  There is something so magnetic about Villanelle.  Even though she is an assassin, she has a jaded past and she distorts connections with others so much, but there is still a small glimmer of humanity within her.

Part of what makes Villanelle so intriguing is her dynamic with Eve, as these two often remind me of magnets repelling one another, yet they somehow meet in the center anyway.  They are so different, but they are also similar in so many ways, as they both have obsessive tendencies and look at things from unique angles.  Somehow, this game of cat and mouse has elevated into something more.  It’s twisted and disturbing, but there is also the potential for love and understanding.  Villanelle’s character has so many layers and it’s interesting to see things from her perspective.

What’s next for Villanelle?  We’ll have to stay tuned to find out, but it looks like she is not going to give up on finding Eve anytime soon.  I’m sure she will cross paths with other interesting characters along the way, but this reunion can’t come soon enough.  I would also love to see Villanelle’s past explored even more this season to try and understand how her mind works, as I am so interested in her character.  I can’t wait to see what she does next!

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