Wednesday 29 November 2023

REVIEW: Freelance (2023 film) - Starring John Cena, Alison Brie, Juan Pablo Raba, and Christian Slater

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Review by Jon Donnis
Director Pierre Morel and writer Jacob Lentz team up to deliver a delightful blend of action and comedy in the 2023 film "Freelance." The plot follows Mason Pettits, played by the charismatic John Cena, a retired Army Special Forces turned lawyer, who reluctantly finds himself back in the world of covert operations. While the storyline may not break new ground, the film's execution and Cena's signature style make it an entertaining ride from start to finish.

The film kicks off with Mason Pettits leading a mundane life as a lawyer, haunted by his past mission to assassinate Paldonian dictator Juan Venegas. When former comrade Sebastian Earle, portrayed by the reliable Christian Slater, offers him a high-paying personal security job, Mason's life takes a dramatic turn. The mission involves protecting disgraced journalist Claire Wellington, played by the talented Alison Brie, as she interviews Venegas in Paldonia.

The plot thickens as Mason and his unlikely team find themselves in the crosshairs of an ambush, setting off a series of action-packed sequences. The dynamic between the characters, especially Mason and Claire, adds a layer of humor and humanity to the film, preventing it from becoming just another formulaic action flick.

The narrative takes unexpected turns as Mason discovers the true nature of his mission, to assassinate Venegas. This revelation adds depth to the story, challenging Mason's moral compass. The film cleverly balances its lighthearted tone with moments of introspection, as Mason grapples with his loyalty to his family and the call of duty.

The action scenes are well-choreographed, showcasing John Cena's physical prowess and the chemistry among the cast. The exotic locations and impressive cinematography contribute to the film's overall visual appeal. Despite the film's predictable elements, it manages to keep the audience engaged with its well-paced humor and exhilarating set pieces.

While "Freelance" doesn't strive for originality, it succeeds in delivering what fans expect from a John Cena-led film, entertainment. The movie's main flaw lies in its slightly extended runtime, which could benefit from tighter editing to maintain a more optimal pacing.

In conclusion, "Freelance" is a classic Cena film, offering a perfect blend of action, humor, and heart. It may not reinvent the genre, but it confidently delivers on its promises. With a solid 7.5 out of 10, "Freelance" is a worthy addition to the action comedy genre, providing viewers with a fun and engaging cinematic experience.

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