The Protégé

Director: Martin Campbell
Year Released: 2021
Rating: 1.0

As a child, Anna (Maggie Q) had her life saved by American soldier Moody (Samuel L. Jackson), who trained her to be an assassin - decades later, when Moody is "killed," she goes to find out who is responsible, running into equally intelligent Rembrandt (Michael Keaton) that she has a very ... unhealthy relationship with.  It does an abysmal job trying to explain the background stories of any of these people, choosing to ride on tired "international intrigue" and plenty of punchy-kicky action scenes - there is a total lack of any kind of original thought until the very ending, which I did not expect.  Full credit goes to Keaton for adding a dash of seasoning to this mind-numbing chore: he's just as good as the "villain" as he as at Batman, Ray Kroc and famed U.S. attorney Ramsey Clark.