Movie Spotlight: Spy

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STARRING: Melissa McCarthy, Jason Statham, Jude Law, Rose Byrne, Miranda Hart, and 50 Cents

DIRECTED BY: Paul Feig

RELEASE DATE: June 5, 2015

 

Spy is one of those cheer for the underdog type of films. It has action, comedy, a not so believable plot but it’s workable. Having the comedic stylings of Melissa McCarthy, the action star stamina of Jason Statham and the smooth style of Jude Law, the movie was bound to be a hit. Thus far, Spy has grossed a whopping $236 million so one can conclude that there will definitely be a Spy 2 somewhere down the road.

The movie begins when field agent for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Bradley Fine (Jude Law) is on a mission tracking Bulgarian arms dealer Rayna Boyanov (Rose Byrne). Along with him on this journey is his eyes and ears Susan Cooper (Melissa McCarthy) who is a CIA analyst who has no real field experience but is a technological wizard. While tracking Rayna, Fine is assassinated by her (or so we thought). After mourning Fine’s death, Cooper is sent into the field by her boss Elaine Crocker (Allison Janney) who believes she could go undetected in the field as a spy due to homely look.

Once properly prepped Cooper is given her very own tech wizard which happens to be her best friend Nancy ( Miranda Hart). The movie then takes a very James Bond type feel with its exotic travel when it shifts to Paris, France with Cooper being undercover. Along to add more comedy relief to an already funny movie is CIA agent Rick Ford (Jason Statham) who despises the fact that Cooper has this assignment and he doesn’t. The chemistry between these two work very well.

While in Paris, Cooper finds out the location of the main antagonist of the film named Sergio De Luca (Bobby Cannavale) who plans on selling a nuclear bomb to the highest bidder. From Paris, the scene shifts to Rome, Italy where Cooper meets an ally of the CIAs named Aldo (Peter Sarafinowicz) who is a misogynistic pig in every aspect of the word. Upon discovering where De Luc is staying Cooper runs into Rayna, the woman who she thinks killed Fine. With a chance to get closer to Rayna and enact her revenge, Cooper makes up a believable story claiming to be Rayna’s bodyguard who was hired by her father to protect her which surprisingly works.  The movie’s final destination is Budapest, Hungary were all of the twists and turns of the movie are revealed.

Spy is an ambitiously funny movie that works. With its ensemble cast the chemistry works between all of the actors. The only thing that was missing was a cute baby and an adorable puppy. Spy receives 8 stars out of 10 stars.

 

Deja Harris is a Graduating Senior Print/Mass Communications major from Jackson, Mississippi. She will be a contributor to The Campus Chronicle for the 2016-2017 school year.

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