Here’s the premise: Rescued as a child by the legendary assassin Moody (Samuel L. Jackson) and trained in the family business, Anna (Maggie Q) is the world’s most skilled contract killer. But when Moody – the man who was like a father to her and taught her everything she needs to know about trust and survival – is brutally killed, Anna vows revenge. As she becomes entangled with an enigmatic killer (Michael Keaton) whose attraction to her goes way beyond cat and mouse, their confrontation turns deadly and the loose ends of a life spent killing will weave themselves even tighter.
THE PROTEGE is a fantastic and fast paced thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat the entire movie. From a script standpoint, I loved the dialog of the love/hate relationship between Anna and Rembrandt, played beautifully by Maggie Q and Michael Keaton. The great thing about this is even though Rembrandt is a bad guy, there is an attraction between them that supersedes the need to eradicate each other. This dance of destiny between the two is one of my favorite parts of the movie. Maggie Q and Michael Keaton set the film on fire both in the fight action and the steamy chemistry they have. The other relationship between Anna and Moody (Samuel L. Jackson) is that of a parent/child relationship, and that was entertaining and heartfelt to watch that unfold as well.
The other character of the movie I enjoyed was the cinematography, Director Martin Campbell does a phenomenal job bringing the awesome action scenes to life and I loved the different shots and the angles that he used. I was very impressed with the action scenes, and found myself in my seat and throwing several small air punches throughout those scenes.
This is one of those movies that is best on the big screen, and I highly recommend THE PROTEGE.