Momentum: By-the-Numbers Action Bore
James PurefoyMorgan Freeman...
Action & AdventureThriller
Stephen S. Campanelli
Exasperating and tiring are just two of the words one can use to describe with Stephen S. Campanelli’s directorial debut, Momentum. Coming in the form of by-the-numbers action flick, this little South African number seems pretty content to go through the motions – it’s essentially a pastiche of every familiar action film you’ve ever seen.
Set in Cape Town, the story opens up with a bank-job-gone-wrong, introducing us to partners-in-crime, gang leader Alexis (Kurylenko) and her loyal cohort and ex-boyfriend Kevin (Moss); the masterminds behind the elaborate heist which soon finds them walking away with a bag of diamonds and a mysterious flash drive. After an ‘unplanned’ incident occurs, the team is soon sent into hiding, with Mr. Washington (Purefoy) – an assassin working for a double-dealing U.S Senator (Freeman) – hot on their trail for the stolen flash drive which apparently contains sensitive information.
Written by Adam Marcus and Debra Sullivan, Momentum has a few – and we’re talking one or two – instants of genuine thrill and excitement; a couple of car chase sequences here and there weren’t all that painful to watch unfold. Lazy, tiring and unimaginative, there isn’t an ounce of creativity thrown into the mix – separating Momentum from any other B-movie actioner is a pretty challenging thing to do – and not even the talents of someone like Stephen S. Campanelli – longtime cameraman who worked on movies such as Red and Tron: Legacy – could manage to amass enough originality and workable angles to bring the script to life.
In terms of performances, Kurylenko – in her first-ever leading role – isn’t necessarily a strong choice for a lead, however, her impressive physical capabilities tend to compensate for her overall robotic performance. Freeman – as by far the biggest name attached to the film – isn’t given much to do while Purefoy, although a classically-drawn textbook ‘villain’, is the only member of the cast to come out of the process with any credit.
All in all, Momentum is one big disappointingly generic mess of a movie that does very little to generate anticipation or excitement, let alone a viewing recommendation.