“Charlie’s Angels” Review

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Directed by Elizabeth Banks. With Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, Ella Balinska, Elizabeth Banks. When a young systems engineer blows the whistle on a dangerous technology, Charlie’s Angels are called into action, putting their lives on the line to protect us all.

I like to think myself a fan of the franchise and in theory I like what was attempted in this, the 2019 movie that further expands the franchise both IRL and in the movie universe itself. That being said, I’m sad that this turned out to be an absolute dumpster fire of a movie with little regard for the technology that they were using as their McGuffin, from “corruption in the block chain” (ie, bad data in a spreadsheet) to using biometrics for root control of a system (never a good idea to use an unchangeable element to control your death machines), to some really nonsensical elements like using a four word passcode to dramatically unlock a safe house’s shutters. While you’re inside the safe house? Why not just have a hand crank? I would assume that if you’re already in the building, you have permission to look out the back window. We’re past the days of being able to have big dumb action replacing all reasonable thought like the previous two Angels films did. In that regard, this 2019 version of the film fits in with the other two, for better or worse.

I would beat up on the film more, but honestly I hope that Elizabeth Banks gets another attempt at a franchise like Charlie’s Angels. I think if she had a better editor and better tech advisors this would have gone much better.

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