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a foolish, slick ode to action-thrillers and spy shenanigans

a foolish, slick ode to action-thrillers and spy shenanigans


As the battle of the streamers rages on, Amazon fires one other broadside with a $300 million super-series that feels a lot too massive for the small display. A blockbuster price range buys a fantastic solid, a slick script and an entire lot of explosions, however one of the best factor about Citadel is simply how old style all of it feels.

Unashamedly owing every thing to Mission: Unimaginable, James Bond, Mr and Mrs Smith, The Bourne Id and each different spy sequence that’s gone earlier than, there’s one thing warmly Sunday teatime about Amazon’s newest flagship – the present you sit up for watching along with your granddad after he’s accomplished with The Antiques Roadshow.

Marvel alumni the Russo brothers (Infinity Battle, Endgame) be a part of right here as government producers and the polish of the MCU gleams from each floor. Citadel are the Avengers with out superpowers – a secret spy company that protects the world from worldwide terrorism and the final line of defence towards shadowy baddies Manticore (aka Hydra/Spectre).

“You wouldn’t know we existed, however we helped form each occasion for good previously hundred years”, explains Citadel boss Bernard Orlick (Stanley Tucci), handily having to re-explain the entire premise to his personal high agent, Mason Kane (Richard Madden). Orlick picks Kane up eight years after an expensive-looking prepare crash within the Swiss Alps leaves him with Bourne-style amnesia, simply in time to try to persuade him to assist foil Manticore’s greatest world assault.


However Kane isn’t the one one who doesn’t know what’s happening. Nadia Sinh (Priyanka Chopra Jonas) additionally doesn’t know she’s an excellent spy with reminiscence loss, with no data of the knotty historical past she shares with Citadel – or with Kane – when she will get dragged again into motion within the current day.

Barrelling backwards and ahead by means of time, continents and set-pieces, Citadel barely stops for breath. Madden and Chopra Jonas make a stable double-act, sparking and fizzing off one another’s chemistry as they ski down attractive mountains, dodge attractive jet planes and parachute into attractive gun fights. An opportunity for one thing deeper is missed because the present skims the floor of each fragile relationship, however emotional grounding isn’t actually the purpose right here.

All very foolish and all lots of enjoyable, Citadel’s power is in its personal blind love for the style – enjoying like the best hits of each different twisty motion thriller round because it strikes from one large set-piece to a different. Double-crosses are sign-posted, the plot continuously journeys over itself, and also you’ll spend half the time second-guessing who’s on whose facet, nevertheless it’s all thrilling sufficient to not matter.

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Richard Madden as Mason Kane in ‘Citadel’ CREDIT: Amazon Prime Video

Gentle and humorous with out being too quippy, the present skims the floor with severe type and cash. Years in the past, this may have been one other 24, Spooks or Jail Break, however Amazon’s bottomless price range now squeezes the TV motion sequence into a flowery new go well with that it wears properly.

Citadel debuts on Amazon Prime Video from 28 April.



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