Momentum (2015) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Stephen S. Campanelli
Starring: Olga Kurylenko, James Purefoy, Morgan Freeman
Rated: UR/Region A/1:85/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Starz / Anchor Bay
MOMENTUM stars the beautiful Ukranian actress, Olga Kurylenko (she was the bond girl in Quantum of Solace) as Alex, an infiltration expert who accidentally reveals her identity during what should have been a routine heist. She quickly finds herself mixed up in a government conspiracy and entangled in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse with a master assassin (played by James Purefoy from “The Following”). Armed with her own set of lethal skills, Alex looks to exact revenge for her murdered friends while uncovering the truth. MOMENTUM is the feature film debut for Stephen S. Campanelli who has worked as Clint Eastwoods camera man for over a decade, he is currently in production on Eastwoods upcoming film.
One thing you will notice as you sit-down to watch is that it is a well-made affair. Everything you want to see in a well polished film shines through here and the movie is better for it. Another thing that makes this movie so interesting is our leading lady, Olga Kurylenko. Not only does she fit the bill for eye-candy, but she is kicking butt on the screen and is just a joy to see. You got to have the right person in the right roles in a movie like this and she is about what the doctor ordered. I don’t see how anyone could see her in this one and not take note of her ability to not only act, but bring the action as well. But what is a good lead without a good villain to play off of in a film like this? Enter James Purefoy as the somewhat eccentric, Mr. Washington, in that role. I loved this character and next to our lovely lead, he will probably be what everyone is talking about once they see this one. It is hard to do something that stands-out in a very good way these days, but Mr. Washington is a very well-done character. He’s as entertaining as he is evil and the on-screen battle between Mr. Washington and Alex is a cool combination in a film that is cool overall.
All this action and suspense in the plot circles around a certain drive. Everyone wants it and that is the bread and butter of things. The action is always top-notch, but we also get enough suspense and tension to keep you on your toes and at times uneasy while seeing this. You don’t always know how things will play out in this one and the whole government conspiracy angle makes things all the more unpredictable. In a lot of ways this is a very old school action flick. It feels and it looks like a big deal and could stand solid against just about any action flick you’ve seen come out in the last few years. If you like action, you like tension, and you like to see a hot woman kicking butt and taking names, then you will really enjoy something like Momentum. It is as solid as they come and makes for a very fun pop-corn movie that you at least can take comfort in knowing you’ll never be bored with while watching.
– Behind the scenes feature
Quality of Transfer: 98%