Eggsy Unwin (Taron Egerton) and his fellow Kingsmen agents make an epic return to the field in “Kingsman: The Golden Circle.” One year after the events of the first installment, this film opens with a flashy high-speed chase through the streets of London where Eggsy, known as agent Galahad—in place of his late, agent mentor, Harry Hart (Colin Firth)—is pursued by a former Kingsman trainee, now gone rogue. The spectacular chase sets the bar at a lofty height for the rest of the film with its flashy effects and groundbreaking camera work. As an opener, the scene whets the appetite for this clever action movie that makes you laugh with dropped jaw from beginning to end. And, by Jove, this sequel of humorous and outrageously acrobatic British agents does not disappoint fans of the first.
As the sharply dressed Eggsy Unwin embarks on yet another mission to save the world, he is teamed up with a band of witty Brits and, this time around, a string of U.S. cowboy-styled agents from Kingsman’s allied agency in Kentucky, the Statesmen. Together, these unlikely agents work to take out another bizarre villain, this one by the name of Poppy Adams (Julianne Moore), head of the world’s largest drug cartel. In her anachronistic world of ’50s suburban nightlife built seamlessly into a hidden and undiscovered world of ancient ruins deep in the Cambodian jungle, quirky Poppy Adams controls from afar her plan to infect millions with a special, deadly drug of her own design, resulting in a global need for a cure which, of course, she holds a monopoly on.
Along the way to stop Adams, the well-groomed Kingsmen and their tobacco chewin’ teammates prove to the audience that friendship matters most and it’s worth every effort to save the ones you love. However, as they go about saving the world (or as these Brits say, “sorting it all out”) the agents are not afraid to get their hands dirty. If you’re going to watch this movie and you’re wondering what you need to watch out for, here you go:
From beginning to end, Kingsmen action, while magnificently choreographed and tightly filmed, is downright brutal. Whether it’s snapping bones or shedding blood, these agents punch with an iron fist and in general, hold no prisoners. In addition to this, they also seem to explore new frontiers in a world first explored by James Bond, the first gentlemanly agent—that is, you should expect an R-rated dose of sexually explicit content. While the movie presents no graphic nudity, it gets as close as it can in word and deed. If the first one raised your eyebrows, the second one will give you no reason to bring them down.
All around, “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” upholds the promise it made you in its first scene of eye-candy action and well-timed humor. But no doubt, it does so by way of graphic violence and a fair amount of adult content. It should also be noted that the film seems to be making an interesting comment on the controversies surrounding drugs in our modern world and the political action being taken against them. While the high-flying action and stunning camera work will no doubt get the most chatter after the credits, the film is clearly seeking to spark conversation about who the real villains are as our world “sorts out” humanity’s relationship with drugs, and what our plan is in moving forward.