A veteran secret agent takes a young upstart under his wing. — IMDB

KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE opens in cinemas on 5 February. I saw it at a pre-screening last night – and what an entertaining experience it is! Combining elements from just about every spy thriller you have seen, and with its tongue firmly in its cheek, its a genuinely clever comedic romp with some very black moments and some on-the-edge-of-your-seat tension. Colin Firth (brilliant!), Michael Caine, and Samuel L Jackson (very funny) are wonderful in their roles. And new-comer Taron Egerton is outstanding as the rough-around-the-edges spy recruit. The plot takes some unexpected turns, theres great action sequences, cool special effects, and – wait for it – a fresh inspirational call to men (in particular) to be gentlemen on the inside and not being bound to their origins or past. Its a great yarn from director Michael Vaughn (Kick-Ass) who was also involved in the writing of the screenplay. KINGSMAN is slick, sophisticated, shockingly funny, dramatic, hyper-violent and pushes the envelope. Went it comes to a cinema near you – go see it!