“The Rhythm Section” (Paramount)

By Catholic News Service

An ordinary woman (Blake Lively) becomes an unlikely assassin to hunt down the killers of her family in this revenge thriller, directed by Reed Morano and based on the novel by Mark Burnell.

When a journalist (Raza Jaffrey) reveals that the airplane disaster which killed her parents and siblings was not an accident but an act of terrorism, the woman is determined to hunt down the bomb maker (Tawfeek Barhom). A former special agent (Jude Law) agrees to train her into a first rate-killer, and the quest begins. She is assisted by another former agent and potential love interest (Sterling K. Brown), who may be the reddest of herrings. While the heroine’s fight against evil is laudatory, viewers of faith cannot condone the film’s endorsement of revenge and the ensuing violence.

Bloody violence, brief nudity, implied nonmarital sex, a prostitution theme, drug use, pervasive crude language. The Catholic News Service classification is A-III — adults. The Motion Picture Association rating is R — restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.

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