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‘The 355’ Film Review: The Female Spy Saga is as formulaic as a Sudoku puzzle.

Not because of the espionage action, but because of the way it was made as a product, “The 355” has an old-school feel to it. It feels like it could have been made by a huckster like Joseph E. Levine or Golan-Globus, who hired a bunch of big stars from all over the world, put them on a poster with guns in their hands, sold the international territories, and then wrote a script.

Whether or not that was the chain of events that led to “The 355,” the final product suggests that more effort was put into assembling a top-notch cast – led by Jessica Chastain, Lupita Nyong’o, Diane Kruger, Penélope Cruz, and Fan Bingbing – than in giving these women roles to play or crafting a spy story that didn’t hit all the obvious plot beats in all the obvious international locations.

“The 355” is as by-the-numbers as a Sudoku, with screenwriter Theresa Rebeck (“Smash”) and co-writer–director Simon Kinberg (“X-Men: Dark Phoenix”) combining an astonishing collection of spy-movie clichés. Chastain, who is also a producer on the film, allegedly hired Kinberg after working with him on “Dark Phoenix”; why his hackwork on that film inspired a reunion is a mystery only she can solve, and it’s far more intriguing than any of the plot points “The 355” has to offer.

The film’s MacGuffin, a computer drive with the power to shut down city grids and bring down planes, is introduced in a laborious prologue set in Colombia. It’s been snatched by

Agent Luis (Edgar Ramrez) snatches it and offers $3 million to the CIA to sell it. Mason “Mace” Brown (Chastain) and her accomplice Nick (Sebastian Stan) are dispatched to Paris to complete the transaction, but German intelligence agent Marie (Kruger) becomes involved, the gadget goes stolen, and Nick is killed.

Luis is shot as Mace seeks assistance from cyber expert Khadijah (Nyong’o), but not before encrypting his phone – which can track the computer drive – so that only his therapist, Graciela (Cruz), has access to it, forcing the psychiatrist to join the three female spies in tracking the doohickey across continents, eventually leading them to auctioneer Lin Mi Sheng (Fan Bingbing).

On paper, “The 355” appears to be a lighthearted, international caper about a group of smart, tough women who have a knack for disguise and deception. (When they have to infiltrate the Shanghai auction, Khadijah can quickly put on a head wrap to blend in with Marrakesh shoppers, and they can all go glam.) Unfortunately, the execution is clumsy and predictable, with characters whose individual characteristics read more like ideas on a note card than genuine humanity.

Kinberg, like in “Dark Phoenix,” has no sense of pacing or fight choreography; the big move he and cinematographer Tim Maurice-Jones (“Kick Ass 2”) keep returning to is a 360-degree sweep around the characters, which they execute with the enthusiasm of a first-year film student who just saw “Vertigo” for the first time. The most deft work on exhibit comes from costume designer Stephanie Collie (“Silent Night”), who manages to dress some of the world’s most beautiful ladies in a secret agent’s version of daywear and after-six.

Apart from one emotional scene in which Cruz and Nyong’o see the lives of their loved ones being threatened, the overqualified cast has little to do other than deliver exposition dumps or technobabble. The big character details (if we don’t care about the supporting players, their betrayals and deaths won’t mean anything) and the small character details (if we don’t care about the supporting players, their betrayals and deaths won’t mean anything) are jumbled up in this film (U.K. actor Leo Staar plays a CIA agent, and his British accent emerges during his big confrontation with Chastain, a moment that no one decided to reshoot or even overdub).

“The 355” is the type of star-studded, glossy adventure that aspires to be the start of a franchise; instead, it’ll be one of the most talked-about films in future discussions about January as a studio dump for poor movies.

‘The 355’ Trailer: Jessica Chastain and Lupita Nyong’o Are Rogue Spies Fighting to Stop World War III (Video)

In an age when the world’s enemies are invisible, “The 355,” a group of rogue spies played by Jessica Chastain, Lupita Nyong’o, Penélope Cruz, Bingbing Fan, and Diane Kruger, are the only ones who can stop a global terror from starting World War III.

Each woman plays a rogue spy from a different company working together when their country’s agencies leave them out to dry in the first trailer for the film. In Paris, Morocco, and Shanghai, “The 355” takes the ladies around the world, kicking asses and crashing parties in style.

“We’re all employed by different intelligence services.” British and American. German. Colombian and Chinese people. In the trailer, Nyong’o says, “But now we have a common enemy.” “And if we don’t stop them, they’ll start,” says the narrator.

Sebastian Stan and Edgar Ramrez star in “The 355,” directed by “X-Men” producer Simon Kinberg. The film will be released in theaters on January 15th by Universal.

The screenplay was written by Theresa Rebeck of NBC’s “Smash” and “Trouble,” and Chastain produced the film with her Freckle Films partner Kelly Carmichael. The project was also worked on by Kinberg’s Genre Films. Richard Hewitt is the executive producer of “The 355”.

The 355 Movie Cast

Fan Bingbing As Lin Mi Sheng

Jessica Chastain As Mason “Mace” Brown

Diane Kruger As Marie Schmidt

Penélope Cruz as Graciela Rivera

Marion Cotillard

Lupita Nyong’o As Khadijah

Edgar Ramírez As Luis Rojas

Evie Wray

Jason Wong As Stevens

Maud Druine As Lin Mei Hong

Toby Sauberback

Nina Kumar

Leo Staar As Grady

Raphael Acloque

John Douglas Thompson As Larry Marks

Oleg Kricunova As Pyotr Khasanov

Hiten Patel As Ahmed-Imam

Yoon C. Joyce As Hwan Ha Jun

Waleed Elgadi as Yassine

Francisco Labbe as Juan

Jason Flemyng As Elijah Clarke

Sylvester Groth As Jonas Muller

Emilio Insolera as Hacker

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