Stratton

Film, Action and adventure
1 out of 5 stars
Stratton

Time Out says

1 out of 5 stars

Dominic Cooper stars in a failed attempt at a new action franchise

Original star and producer Henry Cavill walked away from this film a week before it was due to start shooting. ‘Creative differences’ were cited, and Dominic Cooper was drafted in to play John Stratton, a member of the Special Boat Service, a British naval special forces unit. 

Based on the novels by Duncan Falconer, the set-up sees him working with MI5 to prevent a terrorist attack on London, but you’d be better off watching an episode of the BBC drama ‘Spooks’ if that’s your bag. From chases on boats to bust-ups on buses, the action and locations are fitfully engaging, but the story feels cobbled together and the dialogue is often painful. Miscasting doesn’t help: Connie Nielsen – who was terrific as Diana’s mother in ‘Wonder Woman’ – is fist-chewingly awful as MI5 head Sumner, her accent as mystifying as her inconsistent character. The best exchanges take place between Stratton and his gentle, houseboat-dwelling buddy Ross (Derek Jacobi, thank heavens), but they feel like the remnants of a better script that was torn up long before Cavill made his wise exit.

By: Anna Smith

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Release details

Rated:
15
Release date:
Friday September 1 2017
Duration:
94 mins

Cast and crew

Director:
Simon West
Cast:
Dominic Cooper
Connie Nielsen
Tom Felton
Gemma Chan