Sweet Girl begins with aggrieved Ray Cooper (Jason Momoa – Zack Snyder’s Justice League) being followed by the cops, then jumpimh off the roof of a tall building into the sea (amongst a sea of bad CGI), and then it goes back to “Years earlier”, where his wife is in hospital, dying of cancer.
The ‘Dr Evil’ in this is CEO of pharmacutical company BioPrime – Simon Keeley (Justin Bartha) – who are delaying a new cancer drug from going to market. He appears on the news, causing Ray to phone in and go all ‘Liam Neeson’, promising that if his wife dies, “I will find you. And I will kill you”…
Well, he actually says, “I will hunt you down and kill you with my bare hands”. I’m embellishing.
Following a conspiracy which climbs higher up than anyone can deal with, things move two-and-a-half-years on and thanks to the medical bills, they’re now living in Cracktown and sleeping on the floor like DreamcastGuy.
Without giving any major spoilers (if any plot was written into the script), I can say that Ray carries out his threat to kill Simon in what could be seen as self defence, and then they go on the run from the cops, bounty hunters and any hitmen required.
And when it comes to Ray’s daughter, Rachel (Isabela Merced, formerly known as Isabela Moner) doing a bit of punching, we’re expected to believe a 5ft tall young woman is capable of all that endless action.
Sweet Girl is so by-the-numbers, and given how in-demand both Jason Momoa and Isabela Merced usually are, I can only imagine that they both needed to pay a few bills post-COVID lockdown, so took the first job they were offered.
The script makes Iabela’s Dora the Explorer movie look intellectual, the title is completely irrelevant and may as well be ‘Revenge Because… Reasons’, and when it comes to a particular confrontation as we move into the final act, it’s hardly Robert De Niro and Al Pacino in Heat(!)
There is a twist late on in the film which I wasn’t expecting, but no doubt that’s because it made absolutely no sense whatsoever.
Sweet Girl is on Netflix now, but isn’t yet available to pre-order on Blu-ray or DVD.
Check out the trailer below:
Running time: 109 minutes
Release date: August 20th 2021
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1
Director: Brian Andrew Mendoza
Producers: Jeff Fierson, Brian Andrew Mendoza, Jason Momoa, Brad Peyton
Screenplay: Gregg Hurwitz, Philip Eisner
Music: Steven Price
Ray Cooper: Jason Momoa
Rachel Cooper: Isabela Merced
Amos Santos: Manuel Garcia-Rulfo
Diana Morgan: Amy Brenneman
Amanda Cooper: Adria Arjona
Rachel (age 11): Milena Rivero
Simon Keeley: Justin Bartha
Vinod Shah: Raza Jaffrey
FBI Detective Sarah Meeker: Lex Scott Davis
FBI Detective John Rothman: Michael Raymond-James
Sam Walker: Dominic Fumusa
Martin Bennett: Nelson Franklin
Dr. Wu: Reggie Lee
Detective Alvarez: Will Blagrove
Older Wife: Helen McNutt
Older Husband: Tom McNutt
Pete Micelli: Brian Howe
Diner Waitress: Kristy Nolen
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