Noomi Rapace’s Close, picked up by Netflix last year, has been released. Though the storyline is fictional, it is inspired from Jacquieline Davis, now 58 years old, who apart from rubbing shoulders with the rich and famous, was also J.K. Rowling’s bodyguard for four years. She was the first female bodyguard in UK.
In the movie, Sam (Noomi Rapace) has been hired to protect a young and spoilt heiress Zoe (Sophie Nélisse), who has just lost her father. Rima (Indira Varma) is Zoe’s stepmother. Zoe, having inherited her late father’s Morocco-based firm which was actually started by Rima’s family, becomes the target of a kidnapping. Sam saves her, only to be led into one trap after another.
While Sam hatches a plan to get them out of the country, various situations lead them into believing that Zoe’s stepmom Rima is behind her kidnapping and their woes. Zoe even accuses her of being more interested in the company’s plummeting share prices than her.
While on the run with Sam, Zoe even shoots a police officer to protect herself. With an officer of the law shot by Zoe, her act is broadcast on all channels. As a result of this, various companies refuse to give contracts to theirs. A mix of half hearted action, bland surprises and flat emotions, this movie did leave a lot to be desired.
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There doesn’t seem to be a sense of urgency in the film, despite a young heiress’ life being on the line.
Zoe accuses Sam of shutting people out, even though they have not been in a situation on the basis of which Zoe would have formed such an opinion.
Is it just us, or was the acting really ‘lazy’.
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Cast and Crew
Cast: Noomi Rapace (Sam), Indira Varma (Rima Hassine), Sophie Nélisse (Zoe)
Direction: Vicky Jewson
Close is streaming on Netflix