Fig. 1 Kingsman, (Film Poster, 2014)
Released in 2014, Kingsman: The Secret Service is a comedic spy film directed by Matthew Vaughn (Kick Ass and Layer Cake). It tells the story of 'Eggsy', a young down-and-out who is unexpectedly recruited by a secret spy organization. Eggsy's father was a member of the agency before him and was killed saving the lives of his colleagues when his son was just a young child. Colin Firth plays 'Harry Hart' (code-named 'Galahad') and mentors Eggsy through his training with the help of 'Merlin', a senior Kingsman played by Mark Strong.
Fig.2 Galahad and Eggsy (Film still, 2014)
Fig. 3 Gazelle and Valentine (Film still, 2014)
Samuel L. Jackson plays the villain or 'shadow' in the film as internet billionaire 'Valentine'. He is accompanied by his female sidekick 'Gazelle' who has razor sharp artificial legs and is played by Sofia Boutella. Valentine's ploy is to market smart cards which allow the user free internet and calls for life. Once a signal is broadcast by Valentine, the owners of the smart cards become extremely violent and start attacking each other. It is up to the members of Kingsman to apprehend Valentine and Gazelle. The shape-shifter in our story comes in the form of 'Arthur', the head of Kingsman, played by Michael Caine. Arthur's true allegiance is only shown towards the end of the film and Eggsy is left to save the day.
Fig. 4 Confronting old enemies as a Kingsman (Film still, 2014)
'Kingsman: The Secret Service' has received mixed reviews, and a sequel is already in the making, with plans to begin filming in April 2016. Chris Hewitt describes the film in his Empire Online review as "Exhilarating, morally dubious and exhausting, it pitches the film headfirst into its utterly demented third act." (Hewitt, s.d.). Although the trailers may not give the film the credit it deserves, 'Kingsman: The Secret Service' is a surprisingly enjoyable and funny film. With touches of Bond and Bourne, the movie keeps the audience hooked throughout with lots of explosive and fun-filled moments.
Fig. 5 The 'new' Eggsy (Film still, 2014)
Hewitt, C (s.d.), Empire Online review, At:
Hoffman, J (30th December 2014), The Guardian review, At:
Fig. 1 - Kingsman (2014) [movie poster] At: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/8/8b/Kingsman_The_Secret_Service_poster.jpg
Fig. 2 - Galahad and Eggsy (2014) [film still] At:
Fig. 3 - Gazelle and Valentine (2014) [film still] At:
Fig. 4 - Confronting old enemies as a Kingsman (2014) [film still] At:
Fig. 5 - The 'new' Eggsy (2014) [film still] At: