By: Jacob Bloodee Jacob Babcock
Released in 2015, “Momentum” is quite the overlooked/underrated little gem that gave me exactly what I wanted when I watched it. It was directed by Stephen Campanelli who has had quite the extensive career as a camera operator, often on Clint Eastwood projects, he also just directed Nicolas Cage in “Grand Isle”. This was however his directorial debut, it starred Olga Kurylenko as a professional thief who after her face is seen and obtains a drive with damming evidence, ends up being on the run from an assassin played by James Purefoy.
I love Olga Kurylenko! There is more of her I need to watch but she is legitimately one of the best & most believable female action stars out there for the past 15 or so years and on top of that is quite a performer acting wise too. “Alex Farraday” is one of my more favorite characters of hers thus far, she’s quite charismatic and is a bit more outward and snappy personality wise then some of her other roles. Not to mention her pale blue eye contacts she wears in the first act are to die for, but I won’t complain about Olga’s natural eye color either.
James Purefoy was perfect for his part as well, making “Mr. Washington” a more lively primary baddie then I expected. He relishes every scene and line of dialogue, but without hamming it up to the point you’re taken out of it. Morgan Freeman also has a role but it was filmed in two days and was obviously only done to have another name on the marketing, he’s rather inconsequential to the plot.
Action wise you’re in good hands as there’s a good amount of adrenaline fueled bits & fights that while edited somewhat fast, you can still tell Kurylenko did her share as much as possible. Those were hard hitting & the shootouts tended to be fairly slick & well shot. There’s even a nice little car chase that I appreciate, as that’s a lost element in flicks these days. Outside of that I really did feel some investment in the story & the character Alex herself. At one point she has to keep quiet/hidden as a partner of hers is brutalized in front of her & the look the two share did tug at my heart strings a bit, I legitimately felt bad & I wanted to see Alex succeed in making it out of every situation throughout the run time.
If I had one gripe it would be how exactly things go down in the climax, not that I don’t like what happened but I guess I wanted a more direct final physical confrontation where as they do it in a more intelligence driven way here which granted was clever & made it all a bit different with how it came together. Overall I don’t know why reviews were so hard on this one as it gave me everything I wanted as a genre fan with excellent action, a memorable villain and one of Kurylenko’s best performances that should’ve made her a household name. Why the hell isn’t she cast in Expendables 4?