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Close (2019) Review

Updated on June 24, 2020

Close (2019) review

As far as action thrillers go, this movie was average. It was entertaining enough to keep me watching, but it lacked a certain charm and excitement that I look for in a good action flick. The actors did a great job and the look of the film was tense and gritty which I really enjoyed, but the script felt a bit dry and boring. There were just too many things lacking for this to be a great flick for me.

Close (2019) was written by Vicky Jewson and Rupert Whitaker. It was directed by Vicky Jewson and is based on Jacquie Davis, one of the world’s leading female bodyguards. The film stars Noomi Rapace and Sophie Nelisse. Zoe Tanner (Nelisse) is the daughter of a rich businessman tycoon. When her father passes, she suddenly inherits a majority of his company right before a major deal is about to be closed. Suddenly Zoe is in need of a bodyguard and a woman named Sam Carlson (Rapace) is hired. The situation quickly escalates and Sam and Zoe find themselves on the run for their lives, with nowhere to go and nobody they can trust. They must unravel who is after them before it's too late.

Part of the problem for me was that even though the fight sequences were impressive, they were few and far between and it was noticeable. The first part of the movie got a little complicated and confusing, which didn’t feel like a great start to me. It got much better along the way, but for me never fully recovered from a slow first act. The action scenes were realistically brutal, but felt like they were over right as they got exciting. The story was mediocre. It didn’t really interest me too much to be honest. The best part of the film for me was Noomi Rapace, who I just saw recently in a film called What Happened To Monday which I highly recommend. She is a kick ass female action star, which is quite rare.

You should see this if you like a strong female lead or deep political undertones, but if you want a great action flick, check out What Happened To Monday.

Film trivia

  • Close had a worldwide gross of 60,040
  • Close was released on January 18, 2019 in the US. It was distributed by Netflix.
  • This movie was filmed in England and Morocco.
  • Noomi Rapace performed all her own stunts in this film.
  • Rapace's character is based on Jacquie Davis, one of the world's leading female bodyguards whose clients have included J.K. Rowling, Nicole Kidman, and members of the British royal family.


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