BLACK SITE (2022) Michelle Monaghan Reviews, Jason Clarke’s Action Thriller

black site is a 2022 American action thriller about a female CIA agent on the hunt for a highly dangerous escapee and untrustworthy agents.

Directed by Sophia Banks – making her directorial debut – from a screenplay co-written by John Collee and Jinder Ho. Produced by Todd Fellman, Mike Gabrawy, Basil Iwanyk and Craig McMahon.

The film stars Michelle Monaghan, Jason Clarke, Jai Courtney, Uli Latukefu, Lucy Barrett, Phoenix Raei, Todd Lasance, Pallavi Sharda and Logan Huffman.

CIA agent Abby Trent (Michelle Monaghan) runs an underground black site that imprisons dangerous and high-risk inmates.

Days before Abby is reassigned to a new position, Special Ops puts a high-value target at the top of every most-wanted list – codename: Hatchet (Jason Clarke). Hatchet is known for slaying his enemies in gruesome fashion, and for Abby, his capture is personal.

Determined to avenge her husband’s death at the hands of Hatchet, Abby’s plan is soon thrown into chaos once Hatchet escapes and begins a bloody game of murdering the site’s agents, one by one.

As Abby and the team track him down, she quickly discovers that there are moles in the ranks that jeopardize the mission. Time is running out, Abby doubts everyone around her, wondering who can she really trust?

“…Banks’ film has a few minor proprieties beyond a few gory clashes – there’s a sequence involving a stray glass shard from an oven that pulls a good face – and a bevy of screen effort laughable green which, if Black Site had consciously adopted, might have resulted in something enjoyable as opposed to the pablum effort that it ultimately is. CRP entries

“Jason Clarke looks visibly bored playing The Hatchet, who has to be the most brooding, depressed terrorist ever. Similarly, Jai Courtenay spitting an anti-authority attitude like Miller didn’t No sense in this context. Anyone in a sensitive position like this would be fired very quickly for defying the chain of command. JB spins

“…involves a lot of running around in the dark with guns and flashlights, while a heavy-string soundtrack sweats to evoke an excitement that remains stubbornly elusive.” Cheap and unpleasant – too many scenes have a sickly green glow as if seen through a haze of nausea – black site is a needless repetition of War on Terror tropes. The New York Times

“… bland portraits of masculinity and feminine tenacity that have absolutely nothing to say, no subtext, no ideas or depth. “Black Site” gets slightly interesting in the level of brutality of its kills, Hatchet is just ridiculously ruthless and violent to the point that it grabs your attention, but again, offers nothing of substance. D+ The reading list

black site lacks a story and memorable characters, its villain being the only exception. It partly makes up for it with some really good technical elements and good thriller moments that express creativity. 2.5/5 Voice from the balcony

In the United States, Redbox will be released black site On Demand (VOD) May 3, 2022.

Filming locations :
Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
Pinnacle Studios, Helensvale, Queensland, Australia


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