The 355 is a 2022 spy film directed by Simon Kinberg from a screenplay by Theresa Rebeck and Kinberg, and a story by Rebeck. The title is derived from Agent 355, the codename of a female spy for the Patriots during the American Revolution.
‘The 355’ Cast and Characters
- Jessica Chastain as CIA officer Mason “Mace” Browne
- Penélope Cruz as DNI agent and psychologist Graciela Rivera
- Fan Bingbing as MSS agent Lin Mi Sheng
- Diane Kruger as rival German BND agent Marie Schmidt
- Lupita Nyong’o as former MI6 agent Khadijah Adiyeme
- Édgar Ramírez as Luis Rojas, a DNI agent.
- Sebastian Stan as Nick Fowler, a CIA officer and Mace’s former colleague and boyfriend.
- Jason Flemyng as Elijah Clarke, a powerful crime lord.
- Sylvester Groth as Jonas Muller, Marie’s superior at the BND.
- John Douglas Thompson as Larry Marks, Mace and Nick’s superior at the CIA.
- Emilio Insolera as Giovanni Lupo, a professional hacker.
- Leo Staar as Grady, a CIA agent.
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When a top-secret weapon falls into mercenary hands, wild card CIA agent Mason “Mace” Brown (Oscar®-nominated actress Jessica Chastain) will need to join forces with rival badass German agent Marie (Diane Kruger, In the Fade), former MI6 ally and cutting-edge computer specialist Khadijah (Oscar® winner Lupita Nyong’o), and skilled Colombian psychologist Graciela (Oscar® winner Penélope Cruz) on a lethal, breakneck mission to retrieve it, while also staying one-step ahead of a mysterious woman, Lin Mi Sheng (Bingbing Fan, X-Men: Days of Future Past), who is tracking their every move. As the action rockets around the globe from the cafes of Paris to the markets of Morocco to the opulent auction houses of Shanghai, the quartet of women will forge a tenuous loyalty that could protect the world–or get them killed.
- Rating: PG-13 (Sequences of Strong Violence | Brief Strong Language | Suggestive Material)
- Genre: Action, Mystery & Thriller
- Original Language: English
- Director: Simon Kinberg
- Producer: Kelly Carmichael, Jessica Chastain, Simon Kinberg
- Writer: Theresa Rebeck, Simon Kinberg
- Release Date (Theaters): Jan 7, 2022 Wide
- Release Date (Streaming): Feb 21, 2022
- Box Office (Gross USA): $14.6M
- Runtime: 2h 2m
- Distributor: Universal Pictures
Critic reviews for The 355 (2022)
The 355 garnered unfavorable reviews from critics. On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, 24% of 215 critics’ reviews are positive, with an average rating of 4.5/10. The website’s consensus reads, “It has a stellar cast and it’s conceptually progressive, but The 355 squanders it all on a forgettable story, unremarkably told.”
Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the film a score of 40 out of 100 based on 39 critics, indicating “mixed or average reviews”.
Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of “B+” on an A+ to F scale, while PostTrak reported 76% of audience members gave it a positive score.
This 124-minute movie is fast-paced, well-acted and asks some interesting questions about where one’s loyalty lies. Full Review | Original Score: 3/5Stephen Romei – The Australian
This simplistic approach, which forces an evil/ethical binary, paired with a ham-fisted dialogue, flattens the film and makes the lulls between fight scenes feel more like retribution than respite. Full ReviewBecca James – Chicago Reader
If you’ve ever seen a mediocre action movie with a surprisingly stacked cast, then you’ve basically seen this. Full ReviewKristy Puchko – Mashable
There’s nothing here that Angelina Jolie and Scarlett Johansson haven’t done already but Kinberg and his nimble cast achieve such momentum that you’ll probably shelve your reservations until it’s all over. Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5Sandra Hall – Sydney Morning Herald
Doggedly mediocre actioner The 355 is the cinematic equivalent of gathering together Formula 1’s finest drivers and tossing them the keys to a Yugo. Full ReviewKimberley Jones – Austin Chronicle
An often generic but surprisingly engaging espionage action/thriller. Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4Dwight Brown – National Newspaper Publishers Association
This is a title that screams, “Watch me at home!”. Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4Sara Michelle Fetters – MovieFreak.com
Diane Kruger slapping Jessica Chastain across the face with a frozen fish should be funny. Full Review | Original Score: 2/5Simran Hans – Observer (UK)
Its dullness somehow feels worse than grand failure, as though its aims were only to prove that a bunch of the most famous women on Earth can come together to make an action film just as uninspired and boring as men can. Full ReviewAlison Willmore – New York Magazine/Vulture
The 355 boasts exactly one genuinely suspenseful scene (it happens around the 3/4 point) but that lasts only about five minutes and therefore represents less than 5% of the overall running time. Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4James Berardinelli – ReelViews
These women are dazzling and working so hard in such a derivative secret agent actioner. Full ReviewTim Cogshell – FilmWeek (KPCC – NPR Los Angeles)
It plays like a press conference made uninteresting flesh. No sooner endured than forgotten. Full Review | Original Score: 2/5Donald Clarke – Irish Times
Yes, Chastain makes for a kinetic action hero, as do a few of her co-stars, and she’s someone who most assuredly puts her money where her mouth is. But no, this is not the all-female Bond franchise you’re looking for. Full ReviewDavid Fear – Rolling Stone
Mostly, The 355 succeeds where others have come up short because it put the movie and the story first — not the message. Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4Lindsey Bahr – Associated Press
“The 355” devolves into a bullet-spattered endurance test. Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4Ty Burr – Ty Burr’s Watch List
The 355 amasses some of the most talented and electrifying actresses in the world, then squanders them in a generic and forgettable action picture. Full Review | Original Score: 1/4Christy Lemire – RogerEbert.com
If you can turn your brain off for two hours and cast the horrifying politics and Kinberg problems aside, The 355 is a pretty enjoyable and ridiculous popcorn flick. Full Review | Original Score: 2/5Marina Ashioti – Little White Lies
While “The 355” isn’t a bad film, it’s just a disappointing and mediocre one considering all the talent on screen. Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5Cary Darling – Houston Chronicle
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