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Jason Momoa hasn’t starred in a major motion film in a long time. His most recent major picture as a single starring actor, apart from Zack Snyder’s Justice League, was DC’s “Aquaman,” which he starred in April 2018. As a result, we understand how excited his admirers are for the Netflix feature “Sweet Girl.”
Ray Cooper, played by Momoa, is a heartbroken widower who vows to exact vengeance on those responsible for his wife’s murder while protecting the only family he has left, his daughter Rachel (Isabela Merced). The concept of the film does not seem to be intriguing at first look, since we have seen similar films in the past in which a parent goes to great lengths to revenge his loved one’s death and protect those closest to him. That isn’t to say that “Sweet Girl” isn’t a happy film.
Cooper is encircled by FBI officers as he stands at the top of the baseball stadium, begging with him to surrender. When one of the cops adds, “I’m here to help,” he looks at her and says, “It wasn’t meant to be this way,” before jumping from the roof. The first scene wonderfully establishes the tone and piques your interest in why he did what he did. Ray, his wife Amanda (Adria Arjona), and his daughter Rachel have a lovely life in flashbacks.
When Amanda is diagnosed with cancer and her health quickly deteriorates, everything is flipped upside down. Ray learns from one of the physicians that BioPrime, a pharmaceutical firm, is working on a medication called “Sepro” that would help Amanda’s recovery and prolong her life expectancy. However, due to monopolies held by the government and pharmaceutical companies, Simon Keeley (Justin Bartha), the CEO of BioPrime, halts the treatment’s distribution, placing everyone in danger. Ray is heartbroken when Amanda dies a few days later while in her daughter’s arms.
Momoa’s whole sequence of rushing around the hospital and finding a quiet place to mourn and express his emotions highlights what the ‘Game of Thrones’ actor is capable of. His feelings are as strong as those of an ordinary guy who has just lost his beloved wife.
Before she died, Ray warned Simon on live television that if his wife died as a result of the scenario described earlier, he would hunt him down and kill him. Ray is at a loss for words when it comes to Amanda’s death six months later. He gets a call from a reporter working on a story about Keeley and the government that would reveal their wrongdoings as soon as he gets home. He meets Martin Bennett (Nelson Franklin) on a train, and just as he’s about to tell him something important, an unknown guy in a black dress comes out of nowhere and kills Martin right in front of Ray.
As revealed in a violent battle situation aboard the train, Amos Santos (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo) has been hired to murder anybody who knows what occurred between Keeley and the government. Rachel, like every other eager young lady, follows her father and watches him battle Amos. Santos finally makes his way out of the train by shoving Ray off and stabbing him with a knife.
The father-daughter connection between Ray and Rachel is the finest part of the film. Despite his wife’s death, Ray makes every effort to keep his daughter happy. But he never forgot what happened to his wife, and he was always determined to bring her killers to justice.
One of the most important characters in the film is Diana Morgan, a Congresswoman from Pittsburgh who is trying to become a Senator. She is presented as a commoner’s savior who helps people get low-cost medical treatment. In the latter part of the film, she joins BioPrime and makes a contract with them. Her character will make you wonder whose side she’s on.
Ray’s hunt for the culprits reaches a point when politics enters the scene, and it seems for a short moment that “‘Sweet Girl’” would take that turn and become a political drama. Thankfully, it doesn’t. Brian Andrew Mendoza, the film’s director, does a great job of concentrating on our protagonist and avoids political comments regarding profit-hungry pharmaceutical corporations and how our politicians are assisting them in making a lot of money. Ordinary folks, on the other hand, wait for universal healthcare.
Momoa is by far the most important character in the picture, and he gives an excellent acting performance. His acting skills keep you engrossed in front of your screens the whole time. When Momoa initially started his career, many people anticipated that he would become an action star, but he would have to establish himself as an actor who could express his emotions on film. In ‘Sweet Girl,’ he shows how he has grown as an actor and how his innate talent can capture your heart.
Merced has also given a fantastic performance in the flick. Ellie’s emotional sorrow is genuinely conveyed by the actress, who is naturally sympathetic, throughout the film. She is definitely an actress to watch. Keep an eye out for a major twist in the film concerning her character.
Santos is played by Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, who is equally good.
Sweet Girl isn’t flawless, and it has its own faults. Some individuals may believe they’ve seen something similar previously since the story has been recounted before. Fans, on the other hand, will be able to sit through the film due to Momoa’s compelling performance and spectacular action scenes. While its flaws, the picture keeps you wondering as to what will happen next or how Ray will carry out his plan despite being beaten up by the bad guy.
“Sweet Girl” is a decent effort at making an action picture with a lot of passion that keeps the viewer interested. As a father-daughter pair, Momoa and Merced have a wonderful connection, and they have carried the film on their shoulders. The picture is a good contribution to the genre, but it’s far from a masterpiece.
Netflix now has ‘Sweet Girl’ accessible to view.