The 355 Review


The 355, a powerful spy movie starring Lupita Nyong’o and Jessica Chastain, hit theaters on January 14.

Including mostly women as protagonists in an action movie is inspiring for many young girls. To anyone who has watched the movie, it probably broadened your view on diversity in the film industry—I think they did a fine job with casting, as it definitely defied stereotypes of a mostly male cast in spy/action movies.

The main plot is about CIA agent Mason “Mace” Brown (Chastain) who teams up with a German agent (Diane Kruger), an innovative computer specialist (Nyong’o), and an intellectual psychologist (Penelope Cruz). The women need to work together to make sure a dangerous weapon falls into the right hands—all while the “villain,” Lin Mi Sheng, is on their tail. The team of spies runs around the globe to save, or break the world. The movie also follows the lives of spies who have a family to take care of at home and are torn between their personal lives and careers. I guess you can have it all, just not all at once.

Despite the movie’s positive message, it was pretty predictable. There were times where you could set your popcorn down—maybe even doze off. I was a little disappointed that there were no crazy plot twists or anything to keep me on the edge of my seat, as it was pretty generic.

With such a talented cast, they could have done so much more. Throughout the movie, there was the classic fight scene and explosion here and there, and the plot followed many other action movies plots. Rather than a roller coaster of emotions, I felt more of a lazy river. But if you’re one for action movies, I would recommend it.

I think a cliché quote, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade,” would be the most fitting for this overall cliché movie.