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Stratton

  • Film
  • 1 out of 5 stars
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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.

Written by
Anna Smith

Release Details

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

Cast and crew

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