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Movie review for the film Spy Game starring Brad Pitt and Robert Redford.
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Spy Game
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Note: This film has an R rating.

Junkie Rating:

This film received 2 pops out of 4 pops.This film received 2 pops out of 4 pops.This film received 2 pops out of 4 pops.This film received 2 pops out of 4 pops.

 

Cast and Credits

Tony Scott (Director)

Robert Redford (Nathan Muir)
Brad Pitt (Tom Bishop)
Catherine McCormack (Elizabeth Hadley)

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      I had the extreme misfortune of seeing my first trailer for "Spy Game" immediately following a trailer for the upcoming Owen Wilson film "Behind Enemy Lines"--my bad luck, I suppose.  I was so emotionally and physically drained from watching Owen Wilson's crooked nose that I was totally uninterested in the latest Redford vehicle.  As time passed, and more and more trailers began to surface, I started paying more and more attention and my anticipation grew with time.  Upon entering the theater to watch "Spy Game", I was somewhat excited about seeing a veteran actor like Redford team up with a hot young star like Brad Pitt.  Upon exiting the theater, I wanted to throw myself from the top of the highest bridge in Alabama.
 

      "Spy Game" would have been better if Dan Aykroyd and Chevy Chase were cast as a sequel to "Spies Like Us"--anything to add life to this dull, useless piece of film that is about as interesting as watching featherweight Sumo wrestling.  Robert Redford stars as CIA veteran spy Nathan Muir, who takes rookie Tom Bishop (Brad Pitt) under his wing to teach the basics of the business.  Wouldn't you know it--they must have skipped undercover day--because Tom Bishop gets taken by the Chinese and tried for espionage.  Guess what--it's up to father figure Nathan Muir to save the day by coming out of retirement and going on the hunt.  Never you mind that Redford looks older than Hume Cronyn.  Never you mind that this plot has more holes than a fisherman's net. 

 

      Director Tony Scott, known for his big budget action extravaganzas is a terrible director--case closed.  Sometimes it looks as if he might escape the hell of bad filmmaking, only to resurface with another flaming pile of dung which he goes on record as calling "good solid filmmaking".  He wouldn't know good solid filmmaking if Stanley Kubrick bit him on the butt and gave him a lesson.

 

      The plot is so clichéd and so used that it belongs in a recycle bin somewhere off in the Wyoming wilderness.  How many times must we sit through another spy film where the old spy has to rescue the young spy from the clutches of the evil country at the time (which, nowadays, happens to be China).  I remember when Richard Gere and crew got in trouble for poking fun at the Chinese, which makes me wonder why they haven't already nuked us for this piece of garbage.

 

      I guess I'm so bitter towards "Spy Game" because I was suspecting something great.  I figured combining the talents of Redford and Pitt could produce nothing but a satisfying film.  Wrong!  Halfway through "Spy Game", I could hear the roars of laughter and excitement coming from the film next door--"Harry Potter..."--and I couldn't help but pray for the projector to break so I could run next door and watch the ending for a second time.  To sum this review up in a nutshell--"Spy Game" should be tried for espionage against the laws of good solid filmmaking, be found guilty, and beaten to death like Joe Pesci was in "Casino".  Anything less would be uncivilized.


     --
Billy Ray ( 1/2 out of 4 pops )

 

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Other Junkie's opinions.....

      Pappy ( 3 out of 4 pops )

      I enjoyed the chaotic story telling in "Spy Game" as it used a variety of flashbacks to take us through several decades of the making of a CIA spy.  Robert Redford plays Nathan Muir, the always sure footed mentor to Brad Pitt’s characterization of Tom Bishop.  Unlike Muir who knows all, Bishop is always the innocent trying to do his best.  Lots of action scenes kept my heart pumping, and the back story of chess-like interagency politics was a great counter balance.  A few parts of the film were difficult to accept such as trying to imagine Pitt and Redford, the pretty boys of two generations of modern film, trying to be tough and ruthless.  Another problem is the fact that the film spans 4 decades and no one ages at all – but hey, it’s a movie, I can use my imagination, and I’d rather have the same actors play the parts than to have younger look-a-likes lip sync the dialog.  And as always it bothers me that the film takes place on the day the older hero is about to retire – why does so much always happen on that last day before the retirement to the Bahamas?  But yes, I like the film.  It was exciting, fun and more than watchable.

      Mike ( 3 out of 4 pops )

      Even with a lot of flaws, I found "Spy Game" to be entertaining and a really good spy movie.. better than what I had anticipated.  Brad Pitt is good as usual but it's Robert Redford, as a veteran spy who knows all the spy tricks, who steals the show and makes this film click.  Even though lots of stuff is far-fetched, it is fast paced and well acted.  It is fun to watch Redford have to think fast on his feet to pull off all his tricks and scams.  The only complaint was that the movie had the usual, seen a million times people in charge who were complete morons and jerks.  In a serious film like this, even the "bad" guys or jerks have to be portrayed realistically instead of cartoonish.  It's pretty dumb to portray these guys as so dumb and obnoxious... especially since they the people in charge of protecting our country!