The film follows Gary "Eggsy" Unwin's (Taron Egerton) recruitment by Harry Hart (Colin Firth) into a secret spy organisation called Kingsman. Eggsy joins a mission, in brutal and comedic fashion, to tackle a global threat from Richmond Valentine (Samuel L. Jackson), a wealthy megalomaniac and eco-terrorist wanting to deal with climate change by wiping out most of humanity. Mark Strong and Michael Caine play supporting roles.
In 1997, probationary secret agent Lee Unwin sacrifices himself to save his superior, Harry Hart. Blaming himself for Lee's death, Harry returns to London and gives Lee's young son Gary "Eggsy" a medal engraved with an emergency assistance number.
Seventeen years later, Eggsy is a rebellious chav, having dropped out of training for the Royal Marines despite his intelligence and talent for gymnastics and parkour. Arrested for stealing a car, Eggsy calls the emergency number, leading Harry to arrange his release and subdue Eggsy's abusive stepfather's gang. Harry explains that he is a member of Kingsman, a private intelligence service founded by the British elite who lost their heirs in World War I and put their money toward protecting the world; the organisation is named for the tailor shop in Savile Row used as a front for their operations.
Peter Travers of Rolling Stone said of the film, "This slam-bang action movie about British secret agents is deliriously shaken, not stirred ... Even when it stops making sense, Kingsman is unstoppable fun". Jordan Hoffman, writing for The Guardian, said of the film, "The spirit of 007 is all over this movie, but Vaughn's script ... has a licence to poke fun. ... no one involved in the production can believe they're getting away with making such a batshit Bond." Comparing the film to those of Christopher Nolan, Hoffman said, "Despite the presence of grandfatherly Michael Caine, Kingsman's tone is about as far from the Christopher Nolan-style superhero film as you can get. Verisimilitude is frequently traded in for a rich laugh". Peter Bradshaw, writing for The Guardian, called the film "a smirking spy spoof, weirdly charmless and dated in unintentional ways", commenting that "it is a film forever demanding to be congratulated on how "stylish" it is."
The story of a super-secret spy organization that recruits an unrefined but promising street kid into the agency's ultra-competitive training program just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius.
Egerton is a serviceable young action star and since this film is primed for a multitude of sequels, he will surely have the opportunity to play the part well into old age. Grade: B- (Rated R for sequences of strong violence, language and some sexual content.)
Based onthe comic book from Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons, "Kingsman" posits atop secret British espionage group that is inspired by King Arthur and hisknights (whose names the members appropriate for their code names), based in aseemingly ordinary Savile Row tailor shop and regularly saves the world withoutgetting into all the political mumbo-jumbo that has affected the efforts ofgovernmental spy organizations. Having lost their Lancelot after a one-maneffort to rescue a kidnapped scientist (Mark Hamill), thegroup begins the process of recruiting a replacement and for his nominee, agentHarry "Galahad" Hart (Colin Firth) puts up Gary "Eggsy"Unwin (Taron Egerton), a seemingly ordinary young punk who lives with hismother and her abusive boyfriend and spends his days getting into dumb trouble.However, Eggsy is also the son of a former Kingsman who gave his life to saveHarry and others when he was just a child.
An unknown group of terrorists capture Mark Hamill, a famous Hollywood actor, who is held against his will at a cabin in the mountains in Switzerland. A man shows up and identifies himself as a British secret service agent, and rescues Hamill. They are unsuccessfully pursued by terrorists on snowmobiles. As Hamill and the agent reach the edge of a cliff, they jump off with a parachute, but it turns out to be a misfortune as the parachute opens up too late and both of them crash to their deaths.
Uncle Jack, seeing the potential in Gary, takes him under his wing and reveals his true occupation, rather than the Fraud Squad officer story he has told his family. He offers Gary a chance to do something useful instead of wasting his life in the back-alleys and hanging out with thugs. Gary accepts and Uncle Jack takes him to a secret training facility, where he is introduced to his training officer, Rupert Greaves. Gary resides in the facility for three years while training as a secret agent.
The team of trainees are sent to a nightclub to prove their abilities of being persuasive, by seducing women. All of the men appear in fancy suits, except for Gary, who dresses in very casual clothing. They are given transmitting pens to contact each other with. All of them succeed, with the exception of Gary, who listens via the pen as his colleagues talk about his background and inability to become fit for service with his plebian behaviour. He disappears in a rage.
Twelve hours later, the Kingsman team are expecting Gary to arrive, who does so in a private jet that belonged to the drug lord. Gary has brought the drug lord with him, so that he can be arrested. Jack takes Gary under his wing again, and takes him to his tailor, where Gary finally becomes the man his uncle was hoping for him to be, a gentleman secret agent.
And it's no copycat. Nearly every spy thriller cliche is turned on its head here and milked for maximum amusement. (A sequence unveiling all the secret weaponry is a pleasure.) The plot is somewhat original, or at least interesting, and the stars are great. That said, a few points off for saddling the villainous (and enjoyable) Jackson with a lisp -- it's a cheap shot -- and for the constant (albeit cartoonish) violence that enjoys itself a little too much. The mayhem is over the top, and Vaughn relies too much on the slo-mo. And there's a crass joke at a princess' expense that feels like nothing more than sexist junk. But look past these issues, and you'll have a grand old time at the movies.
THE SECRET SERVICE: KINGSMAN is the critically acclaimed comic book series by Kick-Ass writer MARK MILLAR and Watchmen's DAVE GIBBONS. Now a Hollywood blockbuster starring Colin Firth and Taron Egerton, and directed by MATTHEW VAUGHN, KINGSMAN reinvents the spy genre for the 21st century. The story follows a British secret agent who takes his wayward nephew under his wing and trains him to become a gentleman spy. Together, they uncover a plot that links kidnapped celebrities with a plot to eradicate 90 percent of the human race! This 2017 edition comes with a limited edition FOX MOVIE COVER and a brand-new cover by DAVE GIBBONS, revealed in August. Collects THE SECRET SERVICE #1-6
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Valentine is an extremely wealthy technology tycoon and a computer genius who wants to change the world by giving away SIM cards around the world which he claims will provide unlimited calls and internet on his network. Unknown to people, he will later change the majority of the people in the world into extremely violent, barbaric, vicious animals that can actually destroy everything in their way and possibly even kill themselves. He is the arch-enemy of the top-secret organization called Kingsman who trains a young man called Eggsy (the film's protagonist) and he is the CEO of his own technology giant company "Valentine Corporation". He employs a gigantic army of soldiers and workers that work for him.
When old school, super-secret, non-governmental agency Kingsman loses a man in action, gentleman agent Harry Hart, aka Galahad (Colin Firth), breaks with a tradition of snobbery and chooses to train working class lad Gary Unwin, aka Eggsy (Taron Egerton), as a potential replacement.
Based on the Icon Comics series The Secret Service by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons, The Secret Service reveals that Kingsman is an independent spy agency founded in the aftermath of World War I, with a tailor shop as a front and agents who take their code names from Arthurian myth. Gary "Eggsy" Unwin (Taron Egerton) is pulled into Kingsman's orbit thanks to Harry Hart/Agent Galahad (Colin Firth). Hart was saved as a young agent by Eggsy's father. Hart inducts Eggsy into the Kingsman agency, as the young man learns to become a secret agent and stop Richmond Valentine (Samuel L. Jackson) from launching a controlled worldwide genocide.
The action-comedy movie follows the recruitment and training of a young delinquent into a spy organization as a secret agent who saves the world from an evil plot to cull the population of Earth. Based on The Secret Service comic book series by Mark Millar, Colin Firth, and Samuel L. Jackson star in the comical, yet exhilarating visual experience that has already proved a massive box office hit.
That Kingsman: The Secret Service, also a very R-rated picture opening over the same weekend, was able to snag a $41.7m Presidents' Day weekend haul would have been impressive even without the competition. But Kingsman (which oddly enough received strong reviews in the states but mixed-negative reviews in the UK) kept up the momentum past opening weekend for a leggy $125m domestic cume, or 3x its Fri-Mon debut and a whopping 3.47x its $36m Fri-Sun debut. And since this is Fox we're talking about, it soared above its domestic total overseas, earning a massive 2.17x its domestic total overseas, so that it earned 68% of its worldwide total overseas. It's no secret that Fox has a long track record of scoring big overseas with smaller-scale films or even domestic flops (look up The Counselor), and this is another example of their overseas magic. 781b155fdc