Sweet Girl stars Jason Momoa as Ray Cooper, a devastated husband, who vows to bring justice to the people responsible for his wife’s death while protecting the only family he has left, his daughter Rachel (Isabela Merced).
We meet the family as they find out a potentially life saving drug for wife Amanda (a woefully underused Adria Arjona) was pulled off the market by the company’s CEO Simon Keeley (Justin Bartha).
During a debate between Keeley and Congresswoman Diana Morgan (Amy Brenneman), Ray calls in a death threat to Keeley if the CEO doesn’t release the drug as planned. Keeley doesn’t change his mind.
After his wife dies, Ray continues to investigate Keeley, which causes him to be confronted by a hired assassin.
There are several time jumps within the movie as Ray’s investigation gets closer to the truth. I can’t say anymore but the film doesn’t come to an expected ending for Ray.
I wanted to like Sweet Girl, but a lot of it was cliched and formulaic. The action sequences were good, but it felt like the story wasn’t thought through enough.
There is a twist near the end that reminded me of the French horror movie High Tension, but it felt clunky the way it was inserted into the story. Points for trying to be original, though.
I’m giving Sweet Girl 3 out of 5 stars. It’s not a bad movie, but it had the potential to be so much better. If you’re a fan of Momoa, give it a watch. Otherwise, you might want to skip it.
SWEET GIRL (2021)
Director: Brian Andrew Mendoza
Cast: Jason Momoa, Isabela Merced, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Raza Jaffrey, Justin Bartha, Lex Scott Davis, Michael Raymond-James, Amy Brenneman, Adria Arjona
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