Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Spy Game (2002)

Synopsis: CIA assassin with a heart-of-gold races against time to save the life of fellow CIA assassin with a heart-of-gold who’s not having much fun in a Chinese prison.

Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “Superstar Brad Pitt teams with Academy Award-winner Robert Redford in this pulse-pounding action thrill ride.”

What Did I Learn?: All of the good CIA employees are aging Cold Warriors; the new guys are just pencil-pushing, technocratic turds who don’t care about agents in the field.

Really?: I had a little trouble believing that a stone-killer like Redford’s character (he traded a humanitarian aid worker to the Chinese government!) would empty his bank account and destroy his reputation to save an agent who was doing his own thing when he got caught. I also didn’t realize it’s possible to organize your own, private covert operation with forged documents and a stolen security pass, totally on the fly, from within CIA headquarters.

Rating: Spy Game is an egaging espionage thriller if you can occasionally suspend your sense of disbelief. 7.5/10 stars.

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