Kingsman: The Secret Service is not the film you think it is.
For one, most of the promos make it look like a somewhat kid-friendly romp which hearkens back to the spy flicks of yesteryear. It isn't. This is the film where you get to see the delightful Colin Firth murder dozens of people in gory detail.
The reality of that scene led to a stunned silence in my screening, which was an evening show filled with members of the public and (I imagine) more than a few fans of Firth's more sedate offerings. It's not that the film which comes before is totally lacking in explicit content, but this scene takes it to a whole other level.
Personally, I thought it was great fun, certainly a stand out moment and one which the supposedly bigger finale never manages to top. Part of the appeal is certainly the fact that it's Firth who is at the centre of the melee, and the 54 year old actor does appear to be doing plenty of his own stunts. But it's also the ferociousness which director Matthew Vaughn brings to the proceedings, something he's done before in movies like Kick-Ass.
Speaking of that film, it was also based on a property by Scottish writer Mark Millar, and IGN asked him some questions about this over the top scene when they chatted a few weeks back. Here's what he had to say.
For action fans, you really have to check this out.
Kingsman: The Secret Service is in cinemas in Ireland and the UK now, and releases in the US on February 13th 2015.