The Protector (2019) – MR00007 (2019) – 🐸🐸⚪⚪⚪
A father hires an ex-SAS officer with a past to serve as his daughter’s bodyguard when he gets a series of threats against her.
What I Liked
The basic premise is sound, and the woman (Emma Rigby) is decent to watch. I saw her briefly before in Becoming Human but it wasn’t a show I was into, so didn’t see much of her there.
What I Didn’t Like
The production has a made-for-TV feel to it with low-budget action plus a schmaltzy romance feel to it. Plus showing his supposed flashbacks is a bit ridiculously done. And did I mention the “plot” makes no sense after the first round? The father is a big tycoon, and is being targeted for something else. His daughter is threatened so it makes sense to hire the bodyguard too. Except here’s the thing — the final revelation of who is behind it all makes NO SENSE for the methodology. As a spoiler alert, the father is being blackmailed by someone with photos of him in a compromising position. Which is enough on its own, and he’s paying the blackmail. But they also threaten his daughter, which MAKES NO SENSE. Two entirely different threats from the same person when the first one worked on its own. The person behind it is relatively obvious, and the “reveal” is all told to the viewer, not even shown. And finally, the main actor can’t act to save his life, nor the father, or the brother. Which leaves the daughter, her friend, the bodyguard’s booking agent/friend, and the mother. So why did I watch it? Because it accidentally ended up on my preview list when I thought it was the start of a TV series like the Equalizer. Nope.
The Bottom Line
Not worth watching unless nothing else is on.