Knox Goes Away

Usually, I’d give this movie a solid four stars, but there’s one big problem that makes me drop the rating, even though the ending nearly drove me to tears.

The film’s about Michael Keaton as “Knox,” a hitman who’s losing his memory to an aggressive form of dementia. As the movie goes on, Knox often gets lost during his missions. He finds himself wondering where he is or what he’s supposed to be doing, even when he’s supposed to take out a target. That’s a huge problem for a hitman. The story unfolds over a few weeks, and we see Knox’s clear moments slipping away more and more. He’s racing against time, trying to finish some important jobs before he loses track of who he is entirely.

The part about a dad losing touch with his kid because of health stuff really got to me, so the ending hit hard. Michael Keaton and James Marsden were awesome in their roles, totally believable.

But then there’s the main cop character. Every time she appeared, it felt off. She was trying too hard to tick all the 2024 boxes of being a “modern” character but ended up being an obnoxious girl-boss. Her dialogue was condescending and bitchy, especially with lines like, “she taught me that the details were important. The answers lie in the little things other people - she meant white people - overlook.” Then there was this bit: “It’s always ‘guys’ with you. You said ’the second guy.’” Her colleague tries to appease her with a “they / them” correction, and she snaps back with, “Welcome to the 21st century.” These moments felt forced and took me right out of the movie every time she was on screen.

The movie was pretty good overall, but it would’ve been better if they didn’t intentionally make that cop character just the worst person imaginable.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐


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