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Good old fashioned spy thriller,
This review is from: Spy Game [DVD]  (DVD)
An intelligent espionage film!! Don't get me wrong I liked The Bourne Identity alot, but Spy Game is very much a different side to the spy genre. The agents in this film are much more believable. Generally all the CIA men are middle aged pen pushers quibbling over what to do to save face when Brad Pitt's character gets caught behind enemy lines (so to speak). The film juts back and forth between Redford on his last day in the office and the flashback story of how he and Pitt became colleagues / friends years earlier. The strength of Spy Game is in Redford's quite brilliant performance under interrogation from his own colleagues. Where there's little action here, the dialogue and performances make the secnes the most interesting. The flashback scenes where much of Scott's trademark action takes place, are oddly enough the parts that are hardest to follow. Spy Game is a solid and intelligent film, but it does get a little bit lost about two thirds of the way in. With a few minutes trimmed out around this point it could have warranted 5 stars, but minor quibbles like that aside it's still worthy of four for Redfords performance and some great cinematography.
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Initial post: 12 Sep 2014 14:20:26 BDT
Neil: your review is/was spot on. You reviewed this back in 2006 and here I am in 2014 still saying 'whew' what a film. I missed it on TV the other night, only catching about 10 minutes of it and decided to buy a copy, am so pleased I did. This is 'adult' spy stuff with a believable number of 'jobsworths' littering the scene....a must buy if you like the genre.
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