Spy Game

It's Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid revamped as a mature Robert Redford and a green Brad Pitt do the mentor-student tango in Spy Game. Director Tony Scott (Enemy of the State) takes us to exotic locations in England, Budapest, and Morocco to create a flashback series of global hot spots during a 16-year period (1975-1991) of Agency intrigue. Redford is Nathan Muir, an about-to-be-retired CIA veteran, recruited to recount information about his former protégé, Tom Bishop (Brad Pitt), to a new generation of CIA agents, who are desperately trying to abort a potential incident in China involving Bishop. Muir's well-honed experience in espionage smells a rat, and he must play both sides of the spy game to save his endangered friend. A good cast and rapid-fire cutting maintain the action and believability factor as Redford and Pitt play cat and mouse, bounded by the explosive conspiracies of terrorism during the latter half of the Cold War. There's even a cameo role for an almost unrecognizable David Hemmings (in Michaelangelo Antonioni's classic, Blow Up, 1966), whose seasoned acting experience counts far more than his youthful good looks. As far as action-adventure films go, Spy Game is the thinking man's match.

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