Known to the public for portraying Batwoman in the heroine series, Ruby Rose now lives a former US Army soldier in The Protector (2020). After being the only survivor of a terrorist attack, the protagonist must face the traumas of the past to save her family from mobsters. The action film with a girl power footprint arrives at the Telecine Superstar Session on Saturday (20).
Directed by Japanese filmmaker Ryûhei Kitamura, the story begins with Ali (Ruby Rose) serving the US Armed Forces on a mission in Romania. However, the agents are ambushed by terrorists, and only the soldier is able to get out alive.
She then decides to return to New York in order to pursue a more peaceful life and gets a job as a doorman at The Carrington building. At this point, the production begins to introduce a dash of drama, which is little explored and even confusing.
Ali ends up discovering that Jon Stanton (Rupert Evans), the dead sister’s husband, lives in the residence and the two nephews, the rebellious teenager Max (Julian Feder) and little Lily (Kíla Lord Cassidy). There is a small hint that the protagonist had an affair with her brother-in-law and, therefore, enlisted in the Army to escape her feelings.
Meanwhile, the plot shows that the building will undergo a renovation during the Easter holiday and begins to be emptied – with the exception of an elderly couple and Jon and his children, who remain in the place. However, the restoration is just an excuse to remove residents and make way for a gang to steal The Carrington.
Shot, hit and bomb
The criminal Victor Dubois (Jean Reno) and his cronies invade the building in search of valuable works of art that were hidden in the construction. The mobsters are not even intimidated by the presence of the gatekeeper in the place, since she is “just a woman”.
It is then that Ali realizes that he must overcome the traumas of the past and reuse the fighting skills to save his family, who is held hostage by the villains.
The film uses and abuses the clichés of action stories. In addition to a lot of beating, shots and explosions, the protagonist faces alone more than ten men at once and emerges victorious.
Although unlikely, the narrative is common in the genre. But at least this time he puts a woman in the role of fearless and competent heroine. After all, a woman’s place is where she wants … Even saving a building from heavily armed criminals!
With the exclusive Première seal, A Protetora debuts on the Telecine Premium this Saturday (20), at 22h. Check out a scene from the film:
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