- Valentine: "Do you like spy movies, Mr. DeVere?"
- Harry Hart: "Nowadays, they're all a little serious for my taste. But the old ones... marvelous. Give me a far-fetched theatrical plot any day."
- Valentine: "The old Bond movies. Oh, man. Ah, when I was a kid, that was my dream job: gentleman spy."
- Harry Hart: "I always felt that the old Bond films were only as good as the villain. As a child, I rather fancied a futuristic colorful megalomaniac."
- Valentine: "What a shame we both had to grow up."
- Valentine: "Bon appetit."
- ―Valentine and Harry Hart talking at the table over some McDonald's product placement
Kingsman: The Secret Service is a British action/spy movie released in 2015.
During a raid in the Middle East in 1997, a probationary secret agent sacrifices himself to save his team. Blaming himself, Harry Hart, code-named "Galahad", delivers a medal for valor to the agent's widow, Michelle Unwin, and her young son, Gary "Eggsy", saying that if they ever need help, they should call the phone number on the back of the medal.
Seventeen years later, Professor James Arnold is kidnapped by Internet billionaire and philanthropist Richmond Valentine. One of Hart's fellow agents, "Lancelot", attempts a rescue single-handed, but is killed by Gazelle, Valentine's henchwoman, who wears prosthetic legs that are specially sharpened to double up as blades. Valentine secretly meets with various powerful individuals, some of whom go missing afterwards. He also announces a giveaway of SIM Smart cards, granting free cellular and Internet access forever to everyone.
In London, Eggsy is now an unemployed young adult living with his mother, infant half-sister, and abusive stepfather, Dean. Despite being highly intelligent and capable, he left training for the Royal Marines and lives the aimless life of a stereotypical chav. Arrested for stealing a car, Eggsy calls the number on the medal. Hart has him released and tells Eggsy about his father - he was an agent of Kingsman, an "independent international intelligence agency" founded in 1919 by wealthy British individuals who had lost their heirs in the First World War.
With Lancelot's death, the agency has a vacancy. As Hart's choice, Eggsy joins the other handpicked candidates, including a woman named Roxy, whom he befriends. Training is overseen by "Merlin", a senior Kingsman. Eventually, only Eggsy and Roxy pass the rigorous selection process. Eggsy fails the final test, and Roxy becomes the new Lancelot.
During this time, Merlin notes that Arnold is no longer missing. Hart tries to extract information from the professor, but a chipimplanted in Arnold's head explodes, killing him. Hart is injured escaping from unknown assailants. The signal that triggered the blast is traced to Valentine's corporation. Hart poses as a billionaire and dines with Valentine to try to ascertain his plans. During the private dinner, Valentine hints that he knows Hart is a secret agent, but lets him leave unharmed in order to secretly track his movements and learn more about his organisation.
Hart links Valentine to an obscure hate group's church in Kentucky. It is a trap; Valentine uses his SIM cards to broadcast a tone that causes everyone in the church, including Hart, to become uncontrollably violent. A mass brawl erupts, and Hart emerges the sole survivor. Eggsy, Merlin and Arthur — Kingsman's leader — watch via video link. Afterward, Valentine shoots and kills Hart.
When Eggsy goes to see Arthur, the then-current leader of Kingsman, he discovers that Arthur has a scar behind his ear, just like Valentine's other converts. Arthur slips poison into Eggsy's brandy, but Eggsy distracts Arthur and switches the glasses. Arthur explains Valentine's views before he realises this; humanity is akin to a virus, and global warming is the Earth's equivalent of a fever. Valentine intends to broadcast his "neurological wave" worldwide to cause a massive culling of the human race to rescue it from extinction. Only those whom Valentine deems worthy of living — his allies, who have protective microchips implanted in their heads, and the VIPs he kidnapped — will be spared. Shortly afterwards, Arthur dies when he activates the poison in Eggsy's brandy (which Arthur had drunk after being distracted by Eggsy, who wisely switches the drinks, earlier).
Unsure whom to trust, Merlin decides that he, Roxy and Eggsy must stop Valentine on their own. Roxy rides a high-altitude balloon into the stratosphere to disrupt Valentine's impending broadcast by destroying one of his satellites, while Eggsy and Merlin infiltrate Valentine’s mountain bunker complex. Roxy downs the satellite, but Valentine gets a business contact to replace it, then activates the signal, causing worldwide violence.
Eggsy is recognised and engages in a running fight with Valentine's henchmen. Eventually, both he and Merlin are cornered separately, but at Eggsy's suggestion, Merlin hacks into Valentine's system and causes the implants to explode, killing every villain when their heads explode, except Valentine and Gazelle, both of whom did not carry the implants. Eggsy manages to successfully kill Gazelle after a fierce and intense fight with her, and then spears Valentine with the sharpened tip of Gazelle's prosthetic leg, ending the worldwide carnage as Valentine falls to the ground-floor and dies.
Eggsy later becomes a Kingsman agent. He offers his mother a new home away from Dean, who flatly objects to Eggsy's suggestion. Eggsy then waylays him in exactly the same manner that Hart dealt with one of Dean's henchmen earlier.
Ratings and Reviews
IMDb rates "Kingsman: The Secret Service" 7.9/10 stars, a 79%. The average Rotten Tomatoes review gives "Kingsman: The Secret Service" a 6.6/10, a 66%. Metacritic gives "Kingsman: The Secret Service" an average of 7.8/10, a 78%.
Kingsman: The Secret Service is the soundtrack to the film of the same name, composed by Henry Jackman and Matthew Margeson. It was released on CD on February 13, 2015 by La-La Land Records.
|1.||"Manners Maketh Man"||1:38|
|4.||"To Become a Kingsman"||4:19|
|5.||"Pick a Puppy"||2:13|
|6.||"Drinks with Valentine"||2:40|
|8.||"Shame We Had to Grow Up"||1:56|
|10.||"Curious Scars and Implants"||3:09|
|11.||"Toast to a Kingsman"||1:56|
|12.||"An 1815 Napoleonic Brandy"||4:23|
|13.||"Eat, Drink, and Paaaaarty"||1:54|
|15.||"Out of Options*"||1:48|
|16.||"Hand on the Machine"||2:22|
|18.||"Original Valentine Ideas (Demo Suite)*"||6:25|
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