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5/10
Sub Par effort
Right from the beginning this had a straight to DVD / TV feel to it. An excellent cast seem wasted and Connie Nielson is totally miscast with a horrible accent, I usually like her too. Like others have said, the action scenes are poor and the music was awful and brought nothing to the Film, maybe they didn't have the budget. At one point Chen's character mentions NATO rounds being 7.62, when they are now 5.56, but I am just being picky. Any way I lost interest after about 30 minutes. I have liked Simon West's movies in the past but he has seriously lost it of late. On the whole a Sub Par effort.
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4/10
Promising premise let down by incredibly poor execution
jackcakehouse10 April 2017
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With an intriguing premise about a rogue Russian agent looking to disperse a biological agent over major cities via drone, Stratton's plot involves quite a relevant and realistic threat given the rise of drone technology in recent years. Naturally I was expecting an exciting Bond-esque action thriller, with a protagonist that really encapsulates the skill and professionalism one would expect from Britain's own Special Boat Service.

What you get in reality is a very poorly directed film, with a cast that doesn't click and some atrocious action editing.

Dominic Cooper is a fine actor but here you can really feel he was the last minute replacement for Henry Caville as Stratton, he just lacks the physique and physical presence/ability you would expect from a highly trained SBS operative. Half the time he uses a weapon he seems to be trying to emulate John Rambo, hip-firing at any opportunity. It's quite obvious that he probably only had a few weeks of prep for the role at the most, and it really shows on screen.

Connie Nielsen as the section chief/commander of Stratton's unit attempts to affect a posh, British accent but can't quite sell it. Tom Felton basically chews the scenery for every scene he is in, and Austin Stowell as Stratton's replacement partner is so rash, impatient and gung-ho he definitely doesn't come across as a highly trained Navy Seal, more an-overly aggressive mall security guard.

The action sequences feel really underwhelming and they are given artificial pacing by some diabolical editing, at points the cuts are so quick you can't tell what is actually happening in the scene.

*** Spoilers *** At the film's climax the bad guys are looking to release a drone carrying a nasty biological weapon over London, but instead of doing so right in the centre of London (they literally drive past Nelson's Column and the Houses of Parliament), they opt to do so in the middle of a park somewhere on the outskirts. Making it painfully apparent that the movie just didn't have the budget for what would have been a great set-piece.

It seems that the gleefully entertaining 'Con Air' was lightning in a bottle for director Simon West, as most of his subsequent films: Expendables 2, Tomb Raider, Wild Card and now Stratton, are just not very good.
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Not memorable, but not bad either
Gordon-1117 August 2017
This film tells the story of a group of British and American intelligence officers, who carries out a secret mission to stop a man's plot of destroying a Court using weapon of mass destruction.

"Stratton" is a mainstream film, and it's a risk averse investment by the film producers. The characters are generic, the plot is formulaic and predictable, but it does entertain and help to kill time. It's not memorable, but it's not bad either.
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3/10
Just Plain Boring
ijenzen22 May 2017
Honestly this movie just felt like it was ticking off a checklist. Gun shoot out. check. Car chase. check. Underwater scene. check. It just kept going.

I went into the film with a good expectation especially from such a well known cast, but it fell flat. No chemistry among the cast, Dominic Cooper just didn't have the presence or physicality you would expect of a SBS Agent. The villain was underwhelming and even at the end of the film I'm still not sure what the motive was.

Even with all the great locations and scenery, it couldn't carry the bland and unimaginative story line. Do not watch.
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3/10
Worse than cheesy!
svetlozar-832458 April 2017
I expected a somewhat decent action movie, but instead watched something that has the appeal of a damp rag. The writing is terrible, fight scenes and sound effects are very far from believable, acting is mediocre at best.

Don't waste your time.
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1/10
What a load of rubbish
ChrisWellnifty14 April 2017
Action movie, how anyone could class this as an action movie is beyond me. It had no oomph, even the action scenes were boring! it was more like a very badly made soap. I could not gain affinity to any of the characters they just didn't make me care if they survived or not. The acting was generally dull, I wouldn't bother wasting your time watching it. It was like watching paint dry.
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1/10
Why?
psbgsg1414 September 2017
I do wonder how so many bad (and I mean really bad) films get made - surely the people in charge must have some idea about film making otherwise how and why are they able to raise money for this kind of mindless nonsense? I wish there was something - anything - good about this movie but I can't think of a single thing. Everything was wrong from the basic premise to Connie Nielsen's accent (she is wasted in rubbish like this). It had the look and the feel of some low budget US TV 'thriller' along the lines of Scorpion. I've just thought of something good - it was only 94 minutes long!
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1/10
Absolute garbage
waynehackett628 April 2017
I don't really have a polite thing to say about this film at all. It had so much promise but delivered jack!

There were some fine actors cast, but even they could not breathe any life into it. I actually feel sorry for the 17 individuals that were the main cast. Tom Felton, previously of the Harry Potter series, must wonder where his career failed so badly!

As the Military Adviser, Mr Richard Smedley should be ashamed of himself, that his name is against this shocking portray of our special forces. I really hope that he was overruled on how the final film would look!

Poorly filmed, poorly scripted, poorly acted and poorly advised!

Don't bother, unless you are extremely desperate!
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7/10
Bond on a budget - worth watching
geoffboyle24 July 2017
I think reviewers are being a little harsh about this film. It's an action thriller featuring the SBS, MI6 etc. Mainly British cast with a couple of token Americans. Gemma Chan is superb, with a different actress her role wouldn't be memorable but she really helps things along. Derek Jacobi, unsurprisingly good. Unlike many reviews, I think Dominic Cooper did a good job, especially given the lack of time he had to prepare for this. Connie Nielsen however was an odd choice, her posh British accent varied in intensity and felt awkward. You can't compare this to a big budget Bond/Bourne/Mission Impossible, but I found it entertaining.
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1/10
WTF.....
showfna2 May 2018
I wasted 1:34 mins of my precious life for this, everything was crap. I should have gone to sleep with my wife when she told me to!!! For the love of God do not watch.
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1/10
Pathetic!
emiddletonweaver29 April 2017
Don't write reviews often. Just when they're really good, or really bad. Please trust me on this one: It's truly awful! Whether the direction, the script, or Connie Nielsen's accent is the worst part, is up for debate; personally I would have to say it has to be the director. I mean, seriously! What were they thinking was good about what they were doing? Some decent actors try to do their best. But the direction is painful, the dialogue is risible, and Connie Nielsen's accent.................! This is definitely a couple of hours you will regret on your deathbed! Such a shame, as could have been a grand action movie with the right person at the helm
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5/10
Not thing special
phanthinga12 April 2017
I like Simon West as a director and think he really know how to direct big dumb-fun action movie with some of the best i see from him in the past like:Con Air(one of my favorite Nic Cage movie) and The Expendables 2(The best of the trilogy).His new movie Stratton (2017) although is not as bad as people said but still a pretty meh movie at best.The plot is very genetic,there some good acting but still suffer from one dimensional character.Nice cinematography and few good action scene with clear shot is the only saving point for this movie.If you like past Simon West movie you will highly disappointed with this movie
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2/10
A classic example of how to waste talented actors and bungle a promising premise
TheLittleSongbird8 September 2017
'Stratton' is very like 'Eat Locals' of the films seen recently. In that the concept showed a lot of promise, that could have worked when done right, and that talented actors were on board and could have been good with the right material.

Unfortunately the promise of 'Stratton's' premise is completely butchered by near-irredeemably bad execution. The cast also deserved much better than what they get here, and the performances are underwhelming nearly all round. Only some instances of slick cinematography and a fun boat chase save 'Stratton' from being worse. Oh, and Derek Jacobi, the fine actor and professional that he is, does his best with what he is given, though in a way he is wasted with an underwritten character and terrible dialogue.

The rest of the cast struggle. Dominic Cooper replaced Henry Cavill, who would have been a much better choice, at short notice, and he comes over as too lightweight for a role that really does not suit him at all and looks ill at ease. Tom Felton chews the scenery to pieces, one would not think that he was a bright spot in the 'Harry Potter' films judging from his performance here. Gemma Chan is also bland.

Worst of all is Connie Nielsen, who looks completely and utterly bored as a character who couldn't have been more uninteresting, one actually feels sorry for him. Furthermore, in a film full of execrable dialogue Nielsen has the duffest of the lot and it comes over loud and clear that she knows that, her English accent, which she really struggles with, is one of the worst of the past decade too. In fact, the best performance comes from Jacobi.

It's not just the cast that disappoints. Everything else is bad. 'Stratton' constantly has a straight-to-video look, which it would have been if made 20-25 years ago. Especially bad is the incomprehensible editing which makes the ho-hum at best (a lot of it is actually incredibly pedestrian and has no excitement at all, apart from one and even that, while fun, is not exactly mind-blowing) action indecipherable at times.

Music score is never dynamic or fitting, it even sounds cheap and like it would have been out of date even in a film from 20 plus years previously. The dialogue is execrable throughout, and the story is disjointed, dull and with no surprises at all. The characters are cardboard one-dimensional stereotypes that don't engage or relate to the audience in any way. Simon West's direction is completely devoid of tension, style or sense of pace, this is an amateur hour directing job.

Overall, very poor. 2/10 (in my first truly negative lowest-rating review since 'The Emoji Movie' three weeks ago). Bethany Cox
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1/10
Grenade launcher attachment
teutonfirst29 April 2017
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That phrase haunted me from the beginning, from the first fight scenes. Being chased by other cars, having Grenade launcher attachment at each gun, a bunch of spare grenades at the back, but yet not a single one was fired... even an innocent nun would have thought of that. I couldn't focus to watch the rest. Terrible, SBS should kick in the dorsal parts the director and the writer/s.
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4/10
Average to less than average - made for TV sort of quality
This is OK, to a little less than OK.

WTF is Connie Nielsen doing with some god-awful attempt at a well- spoken Brit? That was embarrassing and utterly cringeworthy to watch. A world away from her performance in Gladiator.

Special effects are well below par - and a competent film unit from the BBC would have done far, far better. Indeed - Dr Who is better made than this for explosive FX.

Fairly lame and clunky handover sequence during bus sequence from the entrance of Battersea Park to Millbrook Proving track! Boat sequence that preceded it was fairly good though. Sounds like the music owes a fair bit to the most recent Mission Impossible films (Rogue Nation) also...

Overall - reasonable popcorn fodder. Don't expect too much from it - it's totally generic.
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1/10
IF CARLSBERG MADE TERRIBLE FILMS...
Colonelpotts8 May 2018
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Oh dear oh dear. What a surprise - that nasty Draco malfoy from Harry Potter is the bad guy? I knew as soon as the music sign-posted this by becoming sinister when he first appears and then the dire score just continued wall to wall throughout - for absolutely no reason. It added nothing. Less is more with music (unless you are a Chris Nolan). The cast overall wasn't bad (except for a horrible turn from the beautiful Danish Lady trying to do cold, posh English) but the directing was Ham fisted with pedestrian editing (man who dies then comes back to life on a boat anyone??). Unremarkable, pointless and badly executed. Passable as background noise if you're very ill one day...
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7/10
Why the Hate?
maverick-8492410 November 2017
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After reading many reviews about this movie, I was a little hesitant, but ended up being pleasantly surprised.

Somewhat understated instead of the crass flash-bang of most American films in the genre, Stratton put up a believable story-line with a worthwhile cast.

The moaning and complaining about Dominic Cooper is puzzling, with constant gripes about his lack of physical presence. Anyone with an inkling of the nature of Special Forces soldiers, especially non- American ones, would know that they aren't all 6ft plus full of rippling muscle but are frequently 'normal' looking blokes who are capable of extraordinary things, much like Cooper's portrayal. Mark Donaldson, the Australian SASR VC recipient is a classic example.

As for his firearms skills, another sage suggested that "Half the time he uses a weapon he seems to be trying to emulate John Rambo, hip-firing at any opportunity.". I'm not sure what movie that individual was watching, but Cooper, Hoechlin and Stowell all shouldered their weapons sighting through the optics attached as is the usual case with modern operations.

One 'expert' reviewer mentioned the use of 7.62mm NATO rounds being incorrect. I'm guessing a little too much time spent playing CoD here. Sorry, wrong again. Gemma Chan's character quite specifically mentions a sniper rifle, with this chambering being quite popular with the application.

Equally so, Connie Nielsen's 'atrocious' accent. I couldn't see the problem myself. She spoke with a grace and dignity one would expect from a woman in her role.

The action scenes were 'action', the drama as so and the humour or lighter moments equally appropriate.

One might think the amount of negative reviews were from opponents of either Dominic Cooper or Simon West or those who were disappointed with Henry Cavill's lack of appearance.

Either way, horses for courses and this course suited me down to the ground. Recommended.
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3/10
Crummy on many levels....
s327616918 April 2017
Stratton is crummy on many levels......

Firstly, its action lacks sparkle. There's nothing frenetic or really exciting about the action sequences, of what is supposed to be an action film.

Secondly, its characterizations feel awkward. The characters simply don't feel especially well rounded and in some instances, the special forces female executive officer, they are downright clumsy.

Thirdly, is the enemy as of late anyone other than the Russian's and the Syrian's? This is so tedious and is reminiscent of the one sided politics dished out by the mainstream media.

Are there any positives here? The acting is in some cases reasonable.The lead actor does a good job but everything else is so dismal any decent acting "goes down with the ship" (pun intended).

In short, this is one steer well clear of. Its generic, dull and predictable. Three out of ten from me.
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5/10
Better than expected but not good
kagey-287698 August 2019
I think in essence this could have been a very good film . One big problem which really ruined the whole thing was the very poor sound and a soundtrack that was so cheap lacklustre and corny , for me spoilt the whole film . One small plus was Derrick Jacobi who was a joy along with his accent
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2/10
What the heck is up with
noelleinc4 July 2019
Connie Nielson's accent?!!! I mean REALLY?! Is she doing a really bad Emma Thompson imitation? This one thing completely ruined all aspects of this movie for me. It could have been SO much better. Plus I figured out the "twist" 5 minutes in. So boring
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2/10
Flat for no real reason
Ross_A_Hall29 March 2019
There's a decent cast in here: Dominic Cooper, Gemma Chan, even Derek Jacobi does a turn. The plot's the usual action-flick. There's loads of opportunities for running around and shooting things and doing the chummy backchat.

Only it fails to deliver.

Maybe if it hadn't taken itself too seriously and gone for a more playful afternoon movie vibe. Maybe if the dialogue had been better and the "twist" less predictable. Maybe they could've ditched the bald guy's character completely and spent his salary on some better pyrotechnics.

Whatever they could have done they didn't, and Mr West has delivered a sub-par, entirely forgettable flick that I doubt will be on the actors' CVs in bold letters.
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1/10
Lame.
mmmmick6 March 2019
A B movie at best. Britains top spies try to do a pit maneouver on a bus by crashing into the middle? Can't shoot the tires or driver, lol. Netflix raises prices and this is the kind of content we get? I think I'll cancel.
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2/10
Oh dear, oh dear
talktothebody5 March 2019
There have been very few movies that I've resorted to using the "stop now" button but this sadly is one of them. The acting is just dreadful, so much so that it's total unbelievable and unwatchable.
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3/10
Boring
josephbiles21 July 2018
Overall I didn't like it and fell asleep before making it to the end.

The script was really bad, and the acting was pretty terrible.
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1/10
Unforgivable dirge
Colonelpotts8 May 2018
The number 9 doesn't go to Clapham btw and everyone knows that is a bullet hits an arm it shatters and breaks the bones making arms unusable immediately afterwards. Not Dom cooper though - he can get on a boat and start swigging beers...
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