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Take ANGEL HAS FALLEN Home On 4K UHD, Blu-ray, DVD + Franchise Triple Boxset Now – Best Female Agents On Screen

17 December 2019

The action and spy genres may have been traditionally male-dominated in the world of film and TV, but that’s not to say women can’t pack an even bigger punch. In line with feminism’s increased recognition and wonderfully diverse advocates nowadays (check out some of Emma Watson and Malala Yousafzai’s inspiring speeches), girl power is back and here to stay.

To celebrate the home entertainment release of Angel Has Fallen (available NOW on digital download, 4K UHD, Blu-ray, DVD and franchise triple boxset), join us for a look at some of the most formidable female agents to have graced the big and small screen in recent years...



Eve Polastri in Killing Eve
Sandra Oh is Jodie Comer’s perfect foil in this thrilling game of cat and mouse between MI6 officer Eve Polastri and psychopathic assassin Villanelle. However, Polastri is no James Bond; in fact, she may be even better. Whilst 007 relies on stealth and charm, Eve hunts her target with passion and an inexplicable fascination with the assassin’s modus operandi; Villanelle retaliates with cryptic clues and deathly allusions to keep her rival and audience guessing. Based on Luke Jennings’ hit series of novels, Killing Eve represents a stunning return for Oh in a series that does away with convention and transcends the spy genre with dazzlingly intricate plotlines. Seven Primetime Emmy nominations for only two seasons’ worth of material says it all: Eve will be surviving on our screens for a good while yet.



Marge Gunderson in Fargo
Arguably the magnum opus in the Coen brothers’ practically flawless filmography, Fargo is a thrilling caper of the highest quality. Leading the investigation into several roadside homicides is Marge Gunderson (Frances McDormand), the Upper Midwest’s wittiest chief inspector. McDormand’s performance is irresistible, balancing deadpan humour with ‘Minnesota nice’ in the state whose inhabitants are renowned for their politeness. The murders following car salesman’s (William H. Macy) attempts to extort money from his father-in-law (Harve Presnell) by kidnapping his own wife (Kristin Rudrüd) are as startling as they are entertaining, with all elements weaved together impeccably by the kings of black comedy. A defining film of the 1990s with an Oscar-winning performance from its star, Fargo is historic in every sense.



Agent Maya in Zero Dark Thirty
Jessica Chastain has played a few tough roles over the years (be sure to check out the excellent Molly’s Game (2017) and Miss Sloane (2016)), but none hits harder than Agent Maya in Zero Dark Thirty. A skilled analyst, Maya is a composite character inspired by multiple women who assisted in the 2011 capture of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, with real-life CIA officer Alfreda Bikowsky providing her main personality traits. Chastain is commanding and steadfast in her role, shedding light on the major part a severely underappreciated figure played in such a momentous event. Kathryn Bigelow’s direction is equally deft when handling such a sensitive topic, and the action sequences are predictably absorbing as a near decade-long manhunt is condensed into 150 minutes of pure drama. Incredibly suspenseful and moving viewing.



Agent Clarice Starling in The Silence of the Lambs 
Where do we begin with a film of this magnitude? Winning five prizes for Best Picture, Adapted Screenplay, Director, Actor and Actress at the 64th Academy Awards, as well as receiving nominations in two other categories, The Silence of the Lambs is nothing short of cinematic royalty. FBI trainee Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) hunts gruesome serial killer ‘Buffalo Bill’, enlisting the help of an even ghastlier serial killer – the cannibalistic, perversely brilliant psychiatrist Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) – to crack his code. The tension and intangible chemistry between Hopkins and Foster is remarkable, leaving the audience entranced right from their unforgettable first meeting in hospital. Jonathan Demme’s film is a slow-building psychological thriller that slips into the realms of horror on numerous occasions, whilst remaining masterfully layered and led by a sumptuous performance from Foster in one of her most iconic roles. Truly haunting.



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