Olga Kurylenko, James Purefoy, Morgan Freeman
FilmInk rates movies out of $20 — the score indicates the amount we believe a ticket to the movie to be worth
…lives up to its name by being filled with set piece after violent set piece.
The aftermath of a bank robbery leads to several deaths and a thief with a mysterious past on the run from a suave assassin in this down and dirty action flick from director Stephen S. Campanelli. Olga Kurylenko (The Water Diviner) is Alex, the thief who witnesses the death of her friends at the hands of Mr Washington (James Purefoy). Sparking off a chase that sees her doggedly pursued across Cape Town, Alex ends up embroiled in a fight not only for her life, but the lives of the widow and son her friend has left behind.
Similar in scope and style to Steven Soderbergh’s Haywire which saw Gina Carano on the run from the government, Momentum lives up to its name by being filled with set piece after violent set piece. Keeping things bruisingly intimate, Campanelli uses numerus hand held cameras that get you up close and personal with stunts he’s set up. Backed up by a distinct lack of CGI, you’ll feel every punch that connects and a brutal car crash is liable to cause anxiety.
But it’s not just the stunts that entertain, with the film’s leads adding to the madness. Kurylenko throws herself into a part that refreshingly doesn’t rely on sex being her chief weapon in the fight for survival. Purefoy is clearly enjoying himself playing Mr Washington with a serenity so deep that it screams homicidal. As he locks horns with the steely jawed Kurylenko you can almost swear he’s falling in love with her as she shoots her way through his team.
As with all action films, a suspension of disbelief is required – a bomb going off in an airport at one stage is not enough to ground all flights apparently – but when Momentum gets going, there’s an entertaining time to be had trying to catch up.