THE 355 – Review by T. J. Callahan

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The 355 – “We’re spies asshole.”

The 355 is an estrogen filled secret agent thriller the title of which refers to the code name of a female spy who fought for the Patriots during the American Revolution. The 355 stars Jessica Chastain as a rogue CIA operative who is forced to assemble a bevy of beautiful bad mama jamas to help her retrieve a top secret weapon of mass destruction that fell into enemy hands after she was double crossed. Penelope Cruz, Diane Kruger, Lupita Nyong’o and Bingbing Fan round out the United Nations of negotiators who take us around the world as they shoot first and ask questions later.

The 355 is The Real Housewives of Espionage: the tech whiz who has left her boyfriend behind in London, the psychologist who is determined to get back to her children in Colombia, the fearless German powerhouse with daddy issues and the American leader of the harem with a lost love and a cross to bear. She’s Jason Bourne with breasts. The 355 is a bit Mission Impossible, a bit predictable, a bit laughable, a bit intense and a bit ruthless…as if the ladies of Ocean’s 8 went straight . But no matter how tough these Avengers in A-line skirts were, they still got a PG 13 rating. Sexist? Rick slept like a brick during the first half of this flick full of chick tricks despite how slick and quick they were.

The 355 gets one eye open.

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T. J. Callahan

Texas Radio Hall of Fame broadcaster, T.J. Callahan switched gears from traffic and news reporting as a member of the Marconi Award winning Hudson and Harrigan Show on KILT in Houston to directing you to the right movie theatre as the resident film critic for Houston Radio Platinum and 101 Gold , Southern New Mexico's favorite radio station. Since 2009, T.J. has exclusively critiqued premiering films on such stations as KRMD in Shreveport, La., KILT in Houston, WCKT in Sarasota, Fla., as well as on The Chris X Blayney Show on The Liberty Eagle Radio Network and The Sam Malone Show on KNTH in Houston. Entertaining and informative, T.J. gets right to the point and lets you know whether the latest epic is worth your time. Listen to her Friday and Saturdays on houstonradioplatinum.com and on Friday afternoons on the Leslie T. Travis Show on KVLC FM in Las Cruces. T.J. is also a proud member of the Critics Choice Association and the Houston Film Critics Society. She truly believes everything in life is one degree of Blazing Saddles.