A woman seeks revenge against those who orchestrated a plane crash that killed her family.


Reed Morano


Mark Burnell (based on the novel by), Mark Burnell (screenplay by)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Blake Lively ... Stephanie Patrick
Richard Brake ... Eric Lehmans
Elly Curtis Elly Curtis ... Sarah Patrick
David Duggan David Duggan ... David Patrick
Matilda Ziegler ... Monica Patrick
Bill O'Connell Bill O'Connell ... Andrew Patrick
Raza Jaffrey ... Keith Proctor
Robert Mullins Robert Mullins ... Errol
Ivana Basic ... Oksana
Irma Mali Irma Mali ... Natalya
Geoff Bell ... Green
Tawfeek Barhom ... Reza Mohammed
Jack McEvoy ... Reza's Friend
Peter Newington Peter Newington ... Reza's Friend
Jude Law ... Iain Boyd


Blake Lively stars as Stephanie Patrick, an ordinary woman on a path of self-destruction after her family is tragically killed in a plane crash. When Stephanie discovers that the crash was not an accident, she enters a dark, complex world to seek revenge on those responsible and find her own redemption. Based on the novel by Mark Burnell, from director Reed Morano ("The Handmaid's Tale") and the producers of the James Bond film series, The Rhythm Section also stars Jude Law and Sterling K. Brown. Written by Paramount Pictures

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, sexual content, language throughout, and some drug use. | See all certifications »

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The film was first released about 21 years after its source novel of the same name by Mark Burnell had been first published in 1999. Burnell also penned the screenplay for the movie. See more »


The Cinema Blend blurb used on the back of the DVD packaging boldly states that "BLAKE LIVELY is a COLD-BLOODED ASSASSIN." However, her character Stephanie struggles very much with the act of killing. Target 1 died from a lung condition while fighting Stephanie (who balked at an easy chance to shoot him). Target 2 was killed by Boyd when Stephanie chickened out. Target 3 was killed by his own bomb. Target 4 is the only one that Stephanie actually assassinates. Either the blurb was taken out of context or the reviewer only watched the end. See more »


[first lines]
Stephanie Patrick: [narrating] Think of your heart as the drums; your breathing as the bass.
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Dull revenge thriller that lacks story, acting, and action.
31 January 2020 | by cruise01See all my reviews

The Rhythm Section (2.5 out of 5 stars).

The Rhythm Section is an action drama that is more of a dud for a revenge type thriller that is suppose to start a series. Based on the trilogy of novels. About Stephanie (Blake Lively) who loses her family in a terrorist attack. Who goes out for revenge. Well this film fails to be worth watching with its uninspired story, boring characters, and a dull direction. Blake Lively is great playing a raw and torn up character. If you are looking for an awesome female action film I will suggest Atomic Blonde, Anna, or even Jennifer Garner's revenge flick Peppermint was even better than this.

The plot lacks development and plot. The film begins with Stephanie, wasting away her life addicted to drugs and being a prostitute. A journalist discovers her and helps her with information about the terrorist attack that took away many lives including her family. She finds Iain (Jude Law) who trained her to be a skilled fighter and survivalist. Which then, he sends her on contracts to kill the terrorists that are responsible for the bombing.

The plot is a bit boring for a revenge action thriller. Iain is sending Stephanie on assassin contracts. Trying to find the leader that was responsible. There is nothing worth mentioning about the story. It was lacking the emotional development building to even care about these characters.

The direction is boring. The action was nothing worth talking about for those few scenes. It is kind of like an origin story with Stephanie being introduced to assassinating. She was vulnerable. She has difficulties in killing a bad guy. She does make some simple mistakes that would cost innocent peoples lives. Cause her emotions got in the way and distracted her.

Blake Lively is good playing Stephanie. A raw and emotionally torn down girl. Jude Law was okay playing Iain, a former CIA who is obsessed in finding these terrorists as well. Sterling K. Brown playing a former CIA informant was just flat out one dimensional. And terrible.

The fight scenes are forgettable. The brief car chase scene is boring. It had that one long take of a car chase but nothing worth mentioning.

Overall, The Rhythm Section fails to launch an action series with Blake Lively. The story is boring. The direction failed with its boring action and forgettable characters.

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Box Office


$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,715,384, 2 February 2020

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2.39 : 1
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