Review of Grimsby with Sacha Baron Cohen (Certificate 12A)
There is certainly no denying that Sacha Baron Cohen is something of an acquired taste. Famous for his many different controversial comedic characters, such as Ali G, Borat, Bruno and Admiral General Aladeen (from the film The Dictator), Cohen has now decided to make a movie set in the seaport town of Grismby, North East Lincolnshire, England.
Playing a soccer fanatic / hooligan named Norman 'Nobby' Grimsby, Cohen is reunited with his long-lost super-spy brother 'Agent' Sebastian Grimsby, who is played by Mark Strong (off of Sherlock Holmes, Kick-Ass and Kingsman). Together, the two brothers team up and save the world by foiling a potentially devastating terrorist attack. Also starring in the film is Cohen's gorgeous wife Isla Fisher, as well as Gabourey Sidibe, Penelope Cruz and the incredible Rebel Wilson.
This film didn't really appeal to me, because it's just too crude for my sense of humour - I prefer a more subtle kind of comedy. However, if you liked Borat and Sacha Baron Cohen's many other box-office hits, then this certainly won't disappoint. There are plenty of twists and turns throughout the storyline, and while many are quite obvious and predictable, others come as a bit of a surprise.
Movie Information: Grimsby
Directed by - Louis Leterrier Produced by - Nira Park and Sacha Baron Cohen Written by - Peter Baynham, Phil Johnston and Sacha Baron Cohen Main actors - Sacha Baron Cohen, Gabourey Sidibe, Isla Fisher, Mark Strong, Penelope Cruz and Rebel Wilson Running time - 83 minutes (approximately) Budget - US$35 million (approximately) Nili Rating: 2 out of 5 - A bit grim, that is unless you are a fan of this kind of movie.