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
A recognizable name for her role as Kate Beckett on Castle (2009), on which she was also starring at the time, Stana Katic receives fifth billing in the opening credits, but only has about five minutes of screen time. See more »
Shepardson and Geary chase the suspected Russian agent towards railroad tracks. In front of them is a train moving on one set of tracks. In the next scene they are still chasing him across the same railroad tracks, but now the moving train is behind them. See more »
[whispering in Spanish]
Better you forget them. You didn't see anything.
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An enjoyable action thriller set in the world of global espionage
I really didn't know how to approach this film having read the reviews and the utter dislike for the film on rotten tomatoes and on IMDb but in the end I bit the bullet and went for it and I was not disappointed. I have to state I like well acted spy thrillers with twists galore and an interesting story and this is what I got here. Gere and Grace were great and the support cast (Hoffman) were cool too. The ideas for the characterisations for the main characters were brilliant too and the background stories that made the essence of this film gelled everything together.
Where did it fail? Well... It was short and also tried to do things a little quickly. This isn't a bad thing as it went with the overall pace of the film but some thinking time would have been good to go alongside the general nature we find in espionage/spy thrillers. I would have liked to have seen more of an insight into the characters too. We got enough for the film and maybe a bit more but depth of character helps a lot too. Another problem was, it was difficult to see a message other than it being some social commentary on global espionage. There wasn't any real moral there. A message would have been interesting.
Overall though, apart from how I would have liked the film it was an enjoyable film all round. I liked the action and I liked how even the cameo characters came out too. I liked the international feel of the film and the general interaction between spys and CIA was great as well. For 90 minutes of fun, you can't really go wrong.
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