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A retired CIA operative is paired with a young FBI agent to unravel the mystery of a senator's murder, with all signs pointing to a Soviet assassin.

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Natalie Geary (as Odette Yustman)
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EMT (as Andrew 'Sir' Manning)
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Story kicks off with the mysterious murder of a senator bearing the marks of a Soviet assassin, who was long thought to be dead. To hunt down the killer, a retired CIA operative, who spent his career going toe-to-toe with his Soviet nemesis, is teamed with a young FBI agent. Written by Variety

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Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of action and violence, some disturbing images and language | See all certifications »

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28 October 2011 (Turkey)  »

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Trivia

The newspaper Oliver is trying to read is, according to Ben, De Volkskrant, which is an existing Dutch morning newspaper. However, the name written at the top of the page is "Volkskrante Trouw". "Volkskrante" is not a proper Dutch word, and "Trouw" is actually a different newspaper, owned by the same publisher. See more »

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When agent Geary has the stacks of dossiers and newspapers strewn across his desk, his colleague comes by, begging for a spot on the team. He picks up an old newspaper and has trouble pronouncing it's name. Geary says "Volkskrant, a daily newspaper in Holland". In the next shot the other agent is shown reading the cover, which is partly obscured, but you can definitely see: "...krante Trouw". Trouw is a different newspaper altogether and the Volkskrant logo has never been in a gothic typeface. See more »

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[first lines]
Bozlovski: [whispering in Spanish] Better you forget them. You didn't see anything.
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Don't Look Back
Written by Alex Lifeson
Performed by Alex Lifeson
Engineered by Richard Chyki
Published by Lerxst Music Inc., administered by Core Music Publishing (SOCAN/SESAC-USA)
By arrangement with Anthem Entertainment/Atlantic Records
© Lerxst Music, Inc. 2011
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Much Better Than Given Credit For
24 January 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A retired CIA operative (Richard Gere) is paired with a young FBI agent (Topher Grace) to unravel the mystery of a senator's murder, with all signs pointing to a Soviet assassin.

On top of the great casting of the leads, you also have Martin Sheen being as dignified as ever and Odette Yustman having a smaller, but important role. All around, the casting was just spot on.

What is great about this film is that the words "action star" rarely come up when talking about Grace or Gere, but both have a high level of anger, energy and violence in this flick. I think it marks a great expansion in both of their ranges.

I saw a review that said the film should allow us to "think" more. And yes, one of the key twists is given away far too early in the film. But I think this exposition is warranted, given the bigger twist that comes up later on... and ultimately leads to a chilling ending if you think about what will happen after the credits roll (I am being vague here to not give anything away). I hear (but do not know) that the first twist was even revealed in the trailer. Okay, that was a little too early.

Ebert is surprisingly nice to this movie compared to the average viewer. He says, "Here is a movie constructed from basic parts at the Used Screenplay Store, with a character plugged in whenever one is required." But then he goes and gives the film two stars out of four -- not a terrible rating. He also says the writers had a better film when they wrote "3:10 to Yuma", and that is certainly true.

I want to give this film a second viewing... I did not understand at first about the Russians in Mexico. And now that I do, I want to see the scene again... hmmm. Looks like the film hooked me.


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