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A "lone wolf" U.S. government secret agent, Scott (Kilmer), is assigned the task of rescuing the kidnapped daughter (Bell) of a high ranking government figure, only to discover along the way a larger, more sinister plot. Written by austin4577@aol.com

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She's missing.


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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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$19,250,000 (estimated)

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$2,011,435 (USA) (12 March 2004)

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$4,357,745 (USA) (9 April 2004)
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When Scott is questioning the boyfriend, a plaque in the background has the names of various cast members. See more »

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When Jackie shows the head of Interpol a police sketch, it is of a man in a hat. When the commander holds up the sketch it is of a bare-headed man. The two sketches alternate during the scene. See more »

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Scott: You had your whole life to prepare for this moment. Why aren't you ready?
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Excellent and intelligent. Not for Bruckheimer fans.
24 April 2005 | by (Sherbrooke, Quebec) – See all my reviews

If you go by the plot, or by the casting (Val Kilmer's done his share of stupid actioners), you might well go into this expecting guns, explosions, and improbably ninja-esquire super-agents who parachute around and kill things with their teeth.

But this is Mamet, so what you get instead is a sort of weird emotional flatland for almost two hours of film, with Kilmer doing an excellent (Val KILMER? Whoa!) job of portraying what top-level soldier/drones are like: emotionally neutral, physically economical, and not always all that bright.

If you're looking for somebody hoisting a bazooka and wisecracking before he blows up the compound and saves the girl in the bikini while smashing the drug smuggling ring, this ain't your film, friend. It's very well written and extremely well acted, but also quiet, murky, and deliberately understated.

Don't expect whiz-bang excitement or crackerjack dialogue. If you can shelve that and put yourself in the frame of mind of a Kurosawa samurai movie, where contemplation and futility take equal time with action and excitement, you'll find this movie a lot more rewarding.


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