Director: Tony Scott
This seems to be the season of hard-boiled Hollywood. After Training Day, you have Spy Game, where as many as three classic thriller elements are mixed and churned for riveting consumption. Action lurks in the background while motives and objectives—the outlines of the whodunit—hover on the surface. The centre-point revolves around a thinking match, which makes the plot seem more like a Byzantine chessboard.
Veteran CIA operative Nathan Muir (Robert Redford) gets a distress call on the last day before his retirement: his protege Tom Bishop (Brad Pitt) is scheduled for execution in a Chinese prison. The reason is unclear; more intriguing is the stance adopted by cia officials. Huddled in a chamber, which seems more like a corporate boardroom, they interrogate Muir throughout the night about Bishop. Slowly, the real purpose of the exercise comes to the fore—Bishop is to be sacrificed by his...