Spy Game

February 1st, 2003 Film, Film Reviews, Filmink

Popcorn action director Tony Scott (Top Gun, Beverley Hills Cop 2) brings us a mature, intelligent and intriguing look inside the minds and institutions of true-to-life secret agents during spying’s Cold War golden era, with none of the James Bond gloss we’ve come to expect from the world ‘secret agent’.

Retiring veteran Nathan Muir (Robert Redford) learns on his last day at the CIA that former protege Tom Bishop (Brad Pitt) has been caught smuggling a prisoner out of a desolate Chinese prison and has 24 hours until he’s executed.

Battling the political agendas of his bosses (desperate to avoid a diplomatic situation with China), Muir races the clock to save his old pupil.

The back story is told in flashbacks from Vietnam, East Germany and Beirut as Muir explains Bishop’s mind to the brass while he uses all his old tricks behind their backs to launch an unauthorised rescue mission — all from within the CIA offices.

The story is gripping, tense and realistic throughout, brought to life by two of the greatest actors living today. The only hole in the plot (which could have been fixed with a simple rewrite) is the presence of the impossibly young Pitt in the Vietnam War.

For such a great movie however, the disc is a big disappointment for fans of extras — there are none. Aside from the usual scene selection and subtitles, there’s only a promo trailer for the forthcoming DVD release of the Back to The Future series.


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