Amazon Prime Video has a success on its arms, with the spy thriller Citadel’s premiere launching it to the primary slot in virtually 200 territories worldwide (through Deadline (opens in new tab)).
Starring Richard Madden, Priyanka Chopra Jones, and Stanley Tucci, the combination of high-octane motion and recognizable faces has proved a success with Prime Video subscribers. Citadel’s premiere numbers are solely second to final yr’s Rings of Energy – which is a formidable feat, since Citadel is an all-new idea, and would not have an enormous title like Lord of the Rings hooked up.
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The present follows two former brokers of the spy company Citadel, who had their reminiscences erased and should be ‘reactivated’ for a brand new, all-important mission. With loads of weapons, parachutes, prepare sequences, and inter-spy chemistry, it has the sensation of a Bond movie that focuses much less on a singular, iconic character and extra on the joys of the trip alongside the best way.
Madden himself has been tipped as a future James Bond for years now, and this may very well be one thing of an audition – although we mentioned Bond had little to fret about from Citadel. Both method, it’s a feather within the hat of the Russo Brothers, who government produced the collection, and since dropping Marvel film duties have been rolling out motion franchises just like the Netflix movie Extraction, starring Chris Hemsworth, alongside their current Amazon success.
An “costly mistake”?
Critics weren’t fairly so sort to Citadel, with a 52% rating on Rotten Tomatoes – which writes that “Citadel spares no expense however nonetheless feels underdeveloped”. Important response sits someplace between “televisual crack” (Guardian) and “costly mistake” (Den of Geek), suggesting that, even when it will not rank among the many finest Prime Video reveals general, some folks could discover one thing enjoyable that retains the motion shifting for them.
It’s that first level that looks like basic Amazon by this level – throwing excesses of money at one thing flashy that nonetheless can’t fairly justify the display screen time. Rings of Energy was the costliest TV present ever made, in any case, and but couldn’t get audiences to keep it up, muddling via Tolkien’s supply materials at nice value to the streamer.
Time will inform whether or not Citadel can entice viewers sufficient to get them to stay with the complete season – with solely two episodes launched to this point, we’ve acquired some time to go.
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