Kingsman: The Secret Service

Out Now On-Demand

X-Men: First Class and Kick-Ass director Matthew Vaughn brings another comic book to the big screen with this comedy spy tale. Eggsy (Taron Edgerton) is a wayward youth until recruited into a secretive global espionage agency by Harry Hart (Colin Firth), where he becomes part of their effort to bring down a genius super-villain (Samuel L. Jackson). Michael Caine, Mark Hamill and Mark Strong co-star.

Gary "Eggsy" Urwin is just another kid growing up in an English council estate, getting into trouble with the law and criminals alike. What Eggsy doesn't realise is that his deceased dad was an inductee into a secret spy society, and that he himself has the raw material for the job. As he learns under the tutelage of Hart, there's more to being part of Kingsman than just kicking ass - being a gentleman, for starters. As he competes against public school toffs for a place in the organisation, Eggsy faces one dangerous situation after another - until taking on a super-villain who has an audacious plan to reshape mankind's future (and also a persistent speech impediment). Based on the Marvel comic by Kick-Ass writer Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons.

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Action, Comedy, Thriller

128mins

Rating: R16 Violence & offensive language

USA, UK

The most fun I’ve had at a movie for a while, Kingsman: The Secret Service is an utterly outrageous, logic-defying, live-action cartoon of a film, a riotous romp that boasts a strong enough sense of unpredictability to smooth over its uneven moments and effects. It’s a shame that more kids won’t get to see this due to Kingsman’s classification, but that’s a back-handed compliment given that the film’s most brazenly offensive content is what’ll win over youngsters.

Matthew Vaughn returns to somewhat familiar territory here, combining elements of Kick-Ass (comedic violence, pleasing profanity levels) and X-Men: First Class (dapperly-dressed clandestine organisations). Seasoned moviegoers won’t find the anarchy or satire levels as high as Kick-Ass, but should have their expectations surpassed given Kingsman’s familiar-seeming elements: 007 send-up and “young ‘un is mentored into secret world, has awesome abilities”.

Fortunately Vaughn dials up the “adult” part of young adult, separating this from every other gifted teen flick of recent years, and ripping through the two hour runtime. His action set-pieces just get better, with a pub scrap and congregational battle royale both outstanding displays of conception, choreography and editing.

Colin Firth makes a play to become the Saville Row-clad version of Liam Neeson, while Samuel L. Jackson’s a hilarious villain. Most essentially, relative newcomer Taron Egerton treads a fine line of cocky chav as Eggsy, a lead character who could have easily slipped into sullen sulkiness.

Kingsman also finds time to fly a seldom-seen flag for contemporary British blockbusters, doing plenty that neither Bond nor Hollywood could, or would, stomach. This welcome relief from the usual American-centric worldview is yet another reason to recommend.

Total Film (UK)

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Injecting fun and fairground thrills back into the spy movie, Kingsman is a blast. Firth is sensational, Jackson rules and newcomer Egerton surprises.

Guardian (UK)

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Verisimilitude is frequently traded in for a rich laugh. The action scenes delight with shock humour.

Empire (UK)

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Perhaps the riskiest mainstream movie in years, Vaughn’s love letter to spy movies may be uneven in places, but it’s ultra-violent, envelope-pushing, and fun enough to overcome the flaws.

Time Out London

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Hyperspeed action, pithy one-liners and grotesque ultraviolence.

Hollywood Reporter

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Director Matthew Vaughn strikes an energetic balance between cartoonish action and character-driven drama...

Variety (USA)

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Vaughn welcomes details that might seem silly in another director’s hands, such as a bulletproof umbrella or tiny microchips that can make one’s head explode...

SBS (Australia)

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Admittedly, the film has a thorough knowledge of its forebears and though it namechecks them at every opportunity, Kingsman brings very little that's new or valuable to the playing table.

Film Ink (Australia)

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With contempo audience's infatuation with all things superheroes and comic book movies, and the baseline treatment of humanity in such movies, Kingsman arrives at just the right time.

King of Spies

Utterly superb! It brings the fun bursting back into the spy genre that has been sadly lacking since Bond went serious. Kingsman: The Secret Service is why we love to go to the movies.

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Kingsman The Secret Service Review

Kingsman The Secret Service is my favourite movie of all time.

It is the perfect movie for Action and Spy lovers.

Alex Graziani


Best Movie I have seen in a While

This was hilarious - had hubby and I with stitch of laughter... this was very very entertaining. Great Story Line. The ending was Superb!!! Seen it on Blu -Ray. Class. Would love to buy a copy of this when it comes out in stores. Brilliant Movie


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The beginning of this movie is a bit gruesome especially the woman with the blades for legs who used these as weapons. The ending was also rude with the woman showing off her backside.

It had a good plotline and I could feel the tension right throughout the movie which was spoilt by not only unneccessary "combats" but using swear words to enhance the scene. There was clever use of props like, imagine going up in the air in a balloon to get near enough to shoot down a satellite.

Should he have shot the dog? It's still ringing in my ears even though the instructor said there were blanks in the gun.


A great film

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Kingsmen reminds me of a British version of kick ass but with spies,

it has plenty of action, comedy and is good fun, the only problem I had with it is when the director keeps on killing off a main character like in kick ass 1 and 2 with Nick Cage and Jim carry's characters


Sir Laugh-a-lot

Ingenious romp of hilarity. It deserves good reviews. Seen it twice now. Something new each time. James Bond move over, Junior has arrived. Grotesque violence - so be warned - but it is in keeping with the theme. I doubt real terrorists would minimize the violence.Sprinkle with a bit of slap stick humour and you have a winner. Quirky. Surprises around every turn, some really out there. Be good to develop this franchise further.


Cartoonishly cool

It's like watching a cartoon with tremendous fun


Wasn't Expecting That

I guess all I was expecting was a cheap rip-off of the spy genre with corny lines and lame gadgets. What I got was a self-aware, poking fun at James Bond, really great film. I went to see this with my whole family and we all loved it, all three generations. This film knows what spy-tropes it's ripping off and does it in a way that you can't help but love it.

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too much, too little

This couldv'e been a James Bond meets Austin Powers flick but instead got awkward for what was deliberately added to achieve adult ratings. Foul language in context can work. Foul language every sentence is too much. The baddie wouldb've been far funnier not swearing. The violent scene achieved what it needed to in half the time and then some and then was taken to extremes for no real reason other than to take up time with explicitly sensationalised visual gore which is an odd space to put this movie into given the recent spate of random crowd shootings in the US. Don't be fooled by the big names as they add noting to what is lacking..


Hilariously good time

Couldn't stop laughing and grinning, such fun. Brings back memories of the first time I saw Kick Ass