The Protégé – Budget Unknown – 2 hours and 0 minutes
In 1991 Vietnam, Moody walked into a room to find four men dead and a pile of cash. As he gathered the money, he heard a noise coming from inside the closet. With his gun drawn, Moody opened the door and found a young girl, Anna. She has a weapon pointed squarely at him. She pulls the trigger, but nothing happens. With tender ease, Moody grabs the gun, unjams it, and gives it back to her. He urges her to put down her weapon and escorts her out to safety. Thirty years later, Moody and Anna live in London. She owns a bookstore but works with Moody whenever he gets a job. Moody and Anna are assassins, and they find and kill evil people beyond the reach of the law. On Moody’s 70th birthday, Anna gives him a Les Paul Flying V guitar. While Anna notices Moody has a bad cough, she doesn’t offer help nor advice. After playing a tune, Moody takes Anna to his underground bunker, takes out the hidden flash drive in his necklace, and plugs it into his computer. It contains the last known whereabouts of Lucas Hayes. Moody tells Anna to find Lucas, but don’t kill him. She takes the information to her tech guy and waits to hear back. At the bookstore, Anna gets a customer, Rembrandt, looking for a rare book. But it’s worth millions. She offers an alternative, but it’s still too much. Rembrandt finds Anna intriguing, so he gives her his business card. A few days later, the tech guy has a detailed folder for Anna. She takes the folder to Moody’s home but finds the maid dead in the foyer. She walks around the house to discover signs of a struggle. Then, Anna finds Moody dead in the bathtub. Next, Anna finds the tech guy dead in his hideout. Anna goes to her bookstore to get her passports and cash. Before she can leave, hitmen shoot up the store. Anna escapes and believes Lucas Hayes is the reason Moody is dead. In Anna’s eyes, Moody didn’t save her life. He gave her a life. She will do anything to anyone to avenge his death.
This movie is action-packed from beginning to end with quick humor and intelligent writing. A lot of work went into the hand-to-hand combat actions to make them as realistic as possible. Also, fans get the sexiest fight scene since Mr. & Mrs. Smith. Anna is MacGyver with Beatrix fighting skills (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). This movie doesn’t spend too much time in the opening scene explaining Anna’s past. They leave it for the end. You can see the exact moment Anna’s mind snapped, and killing was her only option. This riveting tale of murder, money, and mayhem will leave you wanting a part two or, at least, an end credit scene. While you don’t get the latter, hopefully, we can get the former. See this one before someone ruins all the action-packed wit.
I give it 5 out of 5 stars
Did you do all that – Moody
We find people who can’t be found – Anna
She has exquisite wrists – Rembrandt
You owe it to Moody to stay alive – Billy Boy