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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Barely Lethal: Movie Review

By: Lakwatsera Lovers

It seems that Barely Lethal has really a lot of potential in it, especially with a premise that we are going to get teenager trained assassins in it. It also has a very decent cast with Hailee Steinfeld leading the charge and backed up by Samuel L. Jackson and Jessica Alba. 

83 (Hailee Steinfeld) grew up in a secret academy called Prescott, which trains little girls to become assassins. She is the best in her batch, and she instantly became a favorite by his superior Hardman (Samuel L Jackson.) However, there comes a time that 83 realized that she wants to experience the life of a normal teenage girl. On one of her missions, she decided to fake her death and find a new family who can take care of her while she embarks her way as a foreign exchange student. Soon, she had a bit of a trouble while fitting in, but it turns out that it's not the only problem she has right now. 

The film's premise were not utilized well, and it was split into many strings making it difficult on what to concentrate on. The assassin thing was just a side dish of the story, and it focused more on the ordinary teen who tries to blend in plus a love triangle that we've seen many times before. In fairness to the film, it was still entertaining enough even it really tries hard to weave it all and wished to finish it with a satisfying finale. Hailee Steinfeld did a great job even the film limits to have her a lot of options to work into. Jessica Alba and Samuel L Jackson we're just plainly a decoration to make the film more approachable, but they've really done nothing at all. 

Overall, Barely Lethal is a total wasted opportunity. It had the right tools in it but fails to capitalize to its already interesting premise. The film is still entertaining enough, but it feels that there are still a lot more room for this film to be an instant fan favorite. 

Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 5 out of 10 stars

Cast: Hailee Steinfeld, Jessica Alba, Samuel L Jackson

Directed by: Kyle Newman
Distributed by: Pioneer Films
Now Showing in cinemas nationwide

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