Article updated: 2022.02.07
The Agent Revelation (2021) is a futuristic fantasy drama film. The movie was reviewed by Kadmon.
Original title: Agent Revelation
Series: Agent series
Previous entries in the series: Agent (2017)
Setting: contemporary fantasy Earth
Product type: Film, Genre: futuristic fantasy drama, Style: sci-fi, fantasy, futuristic fantasy, thriller, action, aliens, super-human abilities
Reviewer: Kadmon, Type: Male, 40s, Preferences: Immersive, logical story, consistent setting, prefers surprises to spoilers, prefers establishing elements before referencing them
Watched: very recent (2022.02), first time
Rating: Weak (2- out of 3 points), Enjoyment: Bad (1 out of 3 points)
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This is my review of Agent Revelation, a futuristic fantasy drama movie for the Agent series from 2021. It's about a man with superhuman powers coming into terms with his own powers. The Agent Revelation film is watchable but boring, I only recommend it to dedicated fans of the genre.
If you'd like to be surprised by the Agent Revelation film, I don't recommend you to watch the trailer beyond 0:35, because it starts to gives away parts of the plot.
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I randomly ran into this movie, and the premise sounded interesting. As I've seen that it's the second story in the series, I've watched Agent (2017) first. I didn't watch the trailers for either movie.
The Agent Revelation movie is about a man with superhuman powers coming into terms with his own powers.
The basis of the story is okay, but it lacks a proper conclusion. The pacing is not consistent, the story is often interrupted by flashback scenes, and sometimes we see complete training scenes, sometimes just training montages. There's a kind of character arc for the protagonist, but it just happens instead of getting built up. There were some logical problems in the story.
The cinematography is good. The 3D designs look great. The special effects are good.
The characters are okay, but we don't get to know too much about them. It's also hard to care about them. The actors are okay.
The music (by Benjamin Robinson) is good, it fits the scenes.
Agent Revelation is a watchable futuristic fantasy drama, that I think even dedicated fans of the genre wouldn't really enjoy.
I was not satisfied with Agent Revelation (2021). I prefer stories with well-thought, interesting plots, and Agent Revelation lacked that.
Rating: Weak (2- out of 3 points). Agent Revelation is a watchable film, without a proper story.
Enjoyment: Bad (1 out of 3 points). Agent Revelation is boring and pointless.
Rewatchability: Average. If you've found something interesting in this movie, you'll probably able to enjoy it multiple times.
Chance of watching it again: Low. Now that I know the story, there's probably no need to watch it again.
Chance of watching a sequel: High. I'd probably watch it. This episode looked a lot better than the first one, so I hope the next one will be even better.
Will you enjoy this?
If you like mystery or thriller movies, you might like Agent Revelation.
If you like horror or action thriller movies, you might like the film, although there are not many action scenes or scary scenes in the Agent Revelation movie.
If you enjoyed the Agent (2017), you might be interested in this story.
If you don't mind illogical elements in your movies, you can enjoy this.
If you prefer visuals over story, this movie has some nice scenes, but you might need to skip the boring exposition parts.
Do you need to see the first film to enjoy this?
There's enough explanation that you'll understand what's going on without seeing the first film. However, watching the first movie will help you understand the flashback scenes that are sprinkled into the story.
Watching for plot points
If you are interested in alien invasion or futuristic fantasy stories, I think it's worth watching the Agent Revelation movie for the plot points. Or read the summary of this article.
Should you watch this on your own screen at home, or is it worth going to the cinema?
The visuals might look better if you watch it in cinema, but I think the overall experience will be similar.
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I didn't like the Agent Revelation movie.
The cover of the movie looks interesting, but it's misleading. It looks like there's some alien invasion, with several spaceships, although we only see one of these in the movie.
The trailer is misleading, it makes it look like it's some non-stop action alien invasion movie, while it's not.
It doesn't spoil as much of the actual plot, but no matter whether you prefer spoilers or prefer to avoid them, if you watch the trailer, you'll be waiting for those big alien battles, implied in the trailer to happen, and they won't come.
Promise of the first scene
Soldiers capture a man, who infects others. I'd assume that the story will be about scientists dissecting the man, and probably the agent of the title will be looking for other infected, to stop it from spreading.
Execution: No, instead of dissection, we got awkward conversations, and instead of an agent going on a mission we got an agent learning tai chi and self confidence. I don't think it was a good fulfilment of the promise.
Plot summary / Synopsis
A man (Terrance Christopher Jones as John) attacks a family on a farm. He infects the family, as soldiers watch him from the distance. Then the soldiers capture the man.
A female scientist (Carole Weyers as Dr. Victoria Jansen) interrogates the man. It seems like her sister was abducted.
The founder (Michael Dorn as Alastair) joins her.
There's a guy (Derek Ting as Jim Yung) in a hospital, who has anemia that causes him migraines, and who is sterile. Suddenly everyone disappears from the hospital, but that might just be a dream. He sees flashbacks, summarising the previous movie. (I assume that the scene with the doctor happened before the first movie. The disappearance part is probably just a dream.)
The female scientist visits the guy, who is on a military base, and who was unconscious for three days. She sends to guy to a combat trainer (Matthew Ryan Burnett as Aaron). They send the guy into training area, with simulated combat against robots, controlled by a female operator (Kayla Ewell as Billy).
After this, we see flashbacks to the childhood of the guy, and scenes again from the previous movie. He talks with his female friend (Marikah Cunningham as Dr. Angela Porter), who is also on the base with him.
The founder meets with the guy, and he asks him to try to connect to the telepathic dimension of the aliens where they store their knowledge. He tries to connect with the captive infected man, but it doesn't work properly.
The guy goes to a game in the training area, with his own team against a team of marines. The marines win.
The guy asks about how they power the base, but nobody is able to answer this. They find it out that the generator is in the training room, that will only open if they beat a training level that's thought to be unbeatable. They beat it for the first try.
The founder teaches him tai chi, and how to be selfless. This enables the guy to let his energy flow.
The guy gets together again with his female friend.
The guy is able to free the captive infected from the alien influence by reminding him of his family. He realises through the telepathic connection that the female scientist works for the aliens. The female scientist shoots the founder and the guy. She initiates a human attacking mode in the training robots. A cloaked alien flyer lands, and three aliens get out. They infect the female scientist.
Luckily, the guy survived the shot. While the rest of the staff tries to get out, the guy fights his way through the robots to his girlfriend. He finds her, but she is infected, so she closes herself into her laboratory.
The guy attacks the aliens, and while his weapons are ineffective against them, he is able to grab their own weapons, and beats them, using those. Then he starts fighting hand to hand with the leader of the aliens, and he beats the alien with selflessness, and a mana blast.
They reach the flyer, and start to escape from the compromised base.
Contemporary alternate Earth, probably 2017. In this universe, there are aliens out there.
The aliens - Kinians
They use humans as slaves. In the past, they've used the red dust to control humans. Then they only had to use human greed to make humans serve them. Now something changed, and they use the red dust again.
Human weapons are ineffective against their warriors, but they can hurt their leaders.
Their leaders can be defeated by mana blasts.
The red dust
They call it "ash".
The red dust is designed to attach to regular human blood cells. Since Jim has abnormal blood cells, they can't attach to his.
Infected can communicate telepathically. They might even share their memories and skills with others? Or only if they die?
The infected can fight the control of the red dust if they are reminded of something they care about.
The message of the story
I'm not sure there's one.
The structure of the story
The scenes of the Agent Revelation film are mostly played in sequence, following the same storyline. There are flashbacks, showing scenes from Agent (2017).
There's no single viewpoint character.
It has the usual arc of the dramatic structure - introduction, action, and the ending might count as some kind of resolution.
Plot points of interests
The were some new informations, and a couple of changes to the setting and characters.
Mana: The life force of people. When somebody dies, their mana returns to the mana pool. Mana can be used to power equipment, or to be used to enhance hand to hand combat damage.
Extra-Terrestrial Special Forces Unit (ESU): An organisation, funded by Alastair. They are unknown to the world outside.
Kinians: A powerful alien group, that arrived 500,000 years ago.
Long Yo Grotto Caves: Underground tunnels. They allow access to a lot of areas.
ESU base: The base can be reached by the underground tunnels.
Aaron: A male technician. Works as a combat trainer for the training ground simulation.
Alastair: As he got wealthy, he got invited to a secret group, where he would have to serve the Kinians. When he refused, they started to hunt him, so he had to hide, and started the ESU agency. His son was killed by the Kinian aliens. He got killed by Dr. Jansen.
Billy: Female technician.
Changes to characters
Dr. Angela Porter: During the movie, they get together with Jim. She gets infected, and left on the base.
Jim: He is sterile. He left Angela because of this? He is probably half-Kinian? By the end of the movie, he can use mana blast.
Dr. Victoria Jansen: She lost her sister. She secretly works for the Kinian aliens. She gets infected, and left on the base.
Alastair: He gets shot by Dr. Jansen.
Phaser guns: They shoot glowing blue orbs. It will give an electric shock to a man, but it takes the RUNT robots out. A lower energy level is an orange orb, it just hurts a little.
Robotic Unit Enforcement Trainer (RUNT): A hit from a phaser takes them out.
VTOL flyer: They've reverse engineered it from alien technology. They use them to travel in the caves.
Energy doors: There's some blue force field they use instead of doors and cells.
Life energy generator: 10 seconds of human life energy can power the whole ESU base for a day. The generator uses a stone of ash.
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Things I liked
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How does it compare to the other works of the creators?
From the other works of the writer / director ( Derek Ting), I've only seen Agent (2017). This was similarly bad, but it had a lot more exposition.
How does it compare to the other films in the series?
Agent Revelation (2021) looks better than Agent (2017), but the story was more relatable in the first movie, and Agent at least gave a semblance of resolution at the end.
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I didn't like the story, and there were many logical and dramatical problems that prevented me from enjoying Agent Revelation.
It felt like we are watching the middle of the movie, with the beginning and the conclusion missing.
Patient soldiers: At the beginning, why do the soldiers let the infected guy infect the man on the farm? They could have just shot him before he had the chance to infect him.
Lazy infected: After infecting the man and the woman on the farm, why does the infected man try to kill the soldier, instead of just infecting him, like the others before? Or later, we see that he is being carried around the building, and they are not afraid of getting infected. It's either that he has some unestablished limit on his power, or the writers are careless.
The phaser shots: They are supposedly only disable the robots, but we see that the shots cause damage on the scenery, and even damage the robots.
Unnecessary scenes: There are some scenes that are either not efficient in telling the story, or just don't advance the plot:
- The flashback scenes: We see a couple of flashes from the past of the protagonist, but most of that is without context.
- The training scenes: A training montage might have been okay, but we get to watch every second of his training.
Inappropriate looks: The story is set in a military base. Yet, the characters seem to be preoccupied with maintaining their make-up as if they were preparing for a fashion show.
The generator: Why is it so important to the guy to get to the generator? Also, when they find the generator - does the founder really go through the Level 8 training course daily, to power up the generator?
Careless scientist: When she shoots the founder and the guy, why doesn't she make sure that they are dead?
Beating the robots in hand to hand combat: I get it that they were programmed to simulate human behaviour, like getting confused, or getting knocked out, but why would they use these directives during the "anti-human" setting?
Leaving the alien weapons: After the guy used their weapons to kill them, why does he leave the weapons there? They could be useful for later.
- Will they be able to even leave the base? Were there only one group of aliens sent to get them?
- What will happen to John, Angela, and Dr. Jansen?
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Possibilities of improvement
Using the footage from Agent (2017), it could be used to be made as the introduction to the story. The scenes from this movie could be used as the middle. Then, a proper ending is still missing, so there should be extra exposition or maybe rearranging some scenes might help to add a conclusion.
How it could have been better?
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Behind the scenes
Thoughts about the reviews of others
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- Set in a contemporary setting.
- There's a secret organisation, hidden from the outside world.
- There are aliens.
- The aliens control the world in secret.
- The secret organisation uses technology they've reverse-engineered from alien devices.
- There's a traitor in the team.
- The traitor is blackmailed by the bad guys (aliens) with the life of the traitor's family member (sister).
- The training scenes could depict the training of futuristic soldiers.
- The flyer looks cool.
- The alien humanoids look good.
Scenarios - Role-playing game
Scenarios - Wargame
Duelling grounds: There's an obstacle course that different teams use to prove their skills. They can belong to the same force, or members of different forces, who are currently at peace or at least a ceasefire. The competing teams get the same kind of weapons (be it soft / stunning close combat weapons or ranged weapons). A single hit takes a model out of the game. The playing area is created symmetrically, with as many entrances as their are players, and blocking terrain that hides the entrances from each other. Warhammer 40,000 Kill Team arenas are great for two player games. Create teams without points spent on their armour or weapons. If the system automatically adds the value of equipment, try to come up with a fair number. Deploy the teams near the entrances. The winner is the player who defeats all of their opponents.
Multiple hits (harder for the players, longer play): The players decide how many hits takes a model out of the game.
Guards (harder for the players): There are guards randomly deployed on the playing area. They don't leave their posts, but block movement, and attack any non-guard model they can reach.
Active guards (harder for the players): They use Random aggressive movement against any non-guard models. The teams also have to eliminate the guards to win.
Objectives (harder for the players): There is one or more objective in the playing area. The player has to have a model touching the objective to win. If the player eliminates all guards and every enemy model, and has as many models as there are objectives, the player is considered the winner.
Sudden victory: When all of the objectives have a model from the same force touching the objectives, while there's no model from any other side touching the objective, that touching models' player is the winner.
High tech assault: A base is attacked. Important people have to get evacuated. The defender sets up the playing area, and sets up the defending forces. Put the important people randomly around the base. They the attacker chooses a wall to be breached, and deploys their models there. Although the attackers can be hit, so they can get pushed back, the defenders don't have the right weapons to get through their defences to kill the attackers. If a defender makes a successful close combat attack against and attacker, they can get their weapons. Put a weapon marker on the defender model, as their hits will be able to get through their armour. The defender wins if they defeat all of the attackers, or if more than half of the important people left the base, while more than half of the security guards are still alive. The attacker wins if they kill more than half of the important people.
Miniatures - 1/50-1/60 (28-32mm scale)
Aliens: Human-sized (S3) futuristic humanoids in full armour.
Civilians: Human-sized (S3) modern civilians.
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Agent (2017): The first movie in the Agent series.
Man in Black series (1997, 2002, 2012, 2019): In a contemporary setting, there's a secret organisation, unknown to the world, who fights against evil aliens.
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Is the Agent Revelation film based on a book or comics?
No, Agent Revelation is not based on either books or comics.
Is the Agent Revelation film a remake or reboot?
No, the Agent Revelation film is neither a remake nor a reboot.
Is there a post credit scene in Agent Revelation? Does Agent Revelation have end credit scenes?
No, there's no post credit scene in Agent Revelation.
Where can I see Agent Revelation? Where can I watch Agent Revelation online? Is Agent Revelation available on Netflix? Is Agent Revelation on Amazon?
As of 2022.02.06, Agent Revelation is Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV, Google Play, Microsoft Movies, Vudu, YouTube.
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Agent Revelation: Official website.
IMDB: Agent Revelation (2021): Database article.
Letterboxd: Agent Revelation 2021: Database article.
Rotten Tomatoes: Agent Revelation 2021: Database article.
: Concept art article.¤
Reviews with no spoilers - Agent Revelation film (2021)
: Review video about the Agent Revelation film with no spoilers.¤
Reviews with spoilers - Agent Revelation film (2021)
: Review article of the Agent Revelation movie, with spoilers. Includes a very detailed plot summary.¤
Analysis - Agent Revelation movie (2021)
: Analysis video, explaining the finale of Agent Revelation.¤
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