The 355 (2022)

Imagine a device that could connect to anything and be powerful enough to begin World War III.  But an exchange has gone wrong, and now this top-secret weapon, created to destroy the world, is in the hands of a dangerous mercenary.  Now it’s up to a pair of agents, Mace (Jessica Chastain) & Nick (Sebastian Stan), to work together to retrieve the device during another exchange.  Sadly for Mace, the retrieval mission and exchange is filled with surprises and failure.

On the run, Mace begins to seek help from those she can trust, including an ex-agent named Khadijah (Lupita Nyong’o).  Khadijah is highly skilled with computers and can hack into any system required.  But Mace soon learns that she and Khadijah are not the only ones trying to retrieve the device.  The question is, are these people their enemy or perhaps someone they can trust in due time and work together?  An unlikely team is formed to undertake a deadly mission and save the world.

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As a plot, The 355 certainly feels familiar.  A device that can destroy the world and a small team of talents coming together is nothing new.  What makes the film different and enjoyable is the leading cast and their interactions.  The leading characters are generally likeable, even more so as the team slowly forms throughout the film.  The banter between team members reminds me of films such as Mission Impossible or even Oceans 8.  There are moments where leads doubt each other, but we know it’s only a matter of time until they must come together and use their different skills.

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While being familiar is not ideal, I found it more forgivable than other disappointing elements.  The filming style is one of these elements.  Handheld camera and unsteady shots are used to film basic character conversations, something that will constantly annoy viewers.  By the second scene, I was already sick of it.  Another element that disappointed me was the highly predictable plot, especially when it comes to major twists and turns.  The twists and turns are so obvious that the reveal becomes more frustrating instead of surprising.

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The film does include moments of action, but the action is extremely fast-paced in the style of Jason Bourne, which won’t be for everyone.  As a result, the action can feel messy at times, and there were multiple moments where I honestly couldn’t work out what had just happened.  Throughout the film, there are different kinds of action to match the setting and plot situation.  Some action scenes have characters throwing fists and kicks, while others have lots of guns blazing.  There are many scenes where we watch our leads follow another character around the streets, hoping for a possible exchange.  These scenes are intended to be suspenseful and edgy, but, moments like these truly overstay their welcome, and some scenes drag on for too long.  These scenes could have been quicker with the same result.  It’s not a good feeling when you feel like your time is being wasted or key scenes have no real value or worth.

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Overall, whilst I love watching a team of talented ladies save the world, and the leads are generally great, their interactions are the film’s best aspect.  While the story being familiar is forgivable, the film is highly predictable, and twists are not shocking; they are frustrating.  The action scenes are hard to watch, and simple discussions are done with shaky camera techniques, which are mind-boggling.  Some scenes also overstay their welcome.  In the end, there was so much potential from the cast alone, but there is much being wasted.  Instead, the film becomes familiar and average rather than an outstanding feature film.  The 355 (2022) is Now Available in Australian Cinemas.

4.8/10

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

13th January 2022
Written by Peter Walkden

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Set in Buffalo, New York, it is three days before Christmas.  Jason (Patrick Sean Flanery) is a highly-skilled veteran, having suffered from a tragic incident with his fellow men in the field. In the present day, Jason suffers from haunting visions of the tragedy...

Fried Barry (2020)

Barry (Gary Green), to put it politely, is not a lovely human being. He is a heavy drug addict and has no interest in looking after his current partner and only child, all of whom live in a small rundown home.  Visiting a local pub, Barry catches up with a mate...

Schemers (2019)

Schemers follows Davie (Conor Berry) in the early 1970s, who is young and full of ambition to do great things. Davie was hoping for a career in the world of football, but after a one-night stand with the wrong woman, he finds himself with one of his legs in a cast....

Wrath of Man (2021)

Set in Los Angeles, Wrath of Man follows a man with the nickname of H (Jason Statham). H applies for a job with a cash truck company after the last company he worked for went bust. He has skills and qualifications that cannot be ignored, and naturally, he gets the...

Triggered (2020)

Triggered (2020) - Movie Review 28th April 2021 Written by Peter Walkden The film follows nine best friends who come together to celebrate a five-year high school reunion. The entire group are out camping at night in a forest, allowing us to witness the nine...

A Violent Separation (2019)

A Violent Separation (2019) - Movie Review 28th August 2021 Written by Peter Walkden Set in 1983 in a slow and quiet town, the film follows a deputy named Norman Young (Brenton Thwaites). Norman is known as a good man and a good deputy within his local community. On...

The Furnace (2020)

Hanif (Ahmed Malek) is an Afghan cameleer who has desires to leave the Australian outback. At the start of the film, we witness a horrific moment in Hanif's life that makes him fed up with his current ways, including his beliefs regarding religion. This tragic moment...

Twist (2021)

Twist (2021) - Movie Review 27th April 2021 Written by Peter Walkden Based on the well-known novel Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens, here we have a new modern style on the classic tale.  The film introduces us to Oliver Twist (or Twist for short), who grows...

Who is Gatsby Randolph? (2019)

This is not based on a true story; this is a true story. The film introduces us to the legendary Gatsby Randolph through interviews by William Geoffrey, host of the TV show Lifestyles of the Elite & Famous.  William is invited into Gatsby's stunning home not...

Mortal Kombat (2021)

Mortal Kombat (2021) - Movie Review 22nd April 2021 Written by Peter Walkden Mortal Kombat (2021) follows Cole (Lewis Tan), an MMA fighter who tries to earn cash by putting on a good show in the ring.  He also fights to make money for his partner and young...

Land (2021)

Land (2021) - Movie Review 21st April 2021 Written by Peter Walkden Edee (Robin Wright) is dealing with a significant personal tragedy in the present day. Her sister encourages her to get counselling, which she tries, but nothing helps Edee's wounds and current...

The United States Vs. Billie Holiday (2021)

The United States Vs. Billie Holiday (2021) - Movie Review 21st April 2021 Written by Peter Walkden The United States Vs Billie Holiday follows the career of the talented jazz singer Billie Holiday.  We witness many highlights from Billie's life, including...

Six Minutes to Midnight (2020)

Six Minutes to Midnight (2020) - Movie Review 21th April 2021 Written by Peter Walkden Based on actual events from the year 1939 and a couple of weeks before WWII begins. A strange event occurs with a teacher working at a German all-girls boarding school,...

El Americano: The Movie (2016)

The film follows a small, male, Mexican parrot named Cuco. Cuco and his family are part of a well-known circus, but Cuco is sick of being in the family business; instead, he would rather become an ultimate crime fighter. When Cuco isn't working with the family circus,...

The Dry (2020)

Aaron Falk (Eric Bana) is a detective located in Melbourne, Australia. He receives word that one of his childhood friends has committed suicide after murdering his family. Aaron returns to his hometown to pay his respects, but what he hoped would be a short visit back...

Willy’s Wonderland (2021)

A stranger is driving along a road when his car breaks down. Upon investigating, he finds spikes were laid on the street, popping all four of his tyres. He accepts a ride with someone who inspects his car, letting him know it will take $1,000 to fix.  Leaving his...

Nobody (2021)

The film opening shows us a stranger locked up in an interrogation room with a small kitty cat.  When questioned as to who he is, he answers that he is, in fact, a Nobody.  We are then shown flashbacks, telling us that the man's name is Hutch (Bob Odenkirk),...

Ascendant (2021)

A young woman named Aria Wolf (Charlotte Best) wakes up in an elevator, finding she is tied up and blindfolded. She soon breaks free from her bindings and discovers that she is alone in a high-speed elevator in Shanghai with no memory of her past. Aria also has no...

Gunda (2020)

Gunda is a documentary that examines the daily life of several animals living on a farm. Some of these animals include a large pig, a couple of cows and a one-legged chicken. The film takes its audience on a journey while watching these animals doing various...