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Super Reviewer
½ January 24, 2009
not a very good movie at all.
Its confusing and then when you understand the story you realise that the storyline is weak and boring and very flawed.
Its a weak plot and William H Macy does not have a big enough part!
Super Reviewer
½ November 1, 2009
Solid action adventure with val kilmer.This being hes last big screen film before driving into direct to video trash!!This is gripping to the end with excellant performance thru out.
Worth checking out.
Super Reviewer
September 23, 2007
The beginning is nothing but confusion. Sure, the agent Val Kilmer is playing is introduced while training recruits and then gets thrown into his most dangerous case. From here on the audience is introduced to a lot of nameless characters doing a lot of random things until things finally get a little clearer and we learn that the agent has to find the president's hijacked daughter. From here on the plot takes quite a few turns and it's impossible to say where the movie is going next, which adds to the confusion but also keeps it at a very entertaining level. Val Kilmer is a convincing loner, William H. Macy is hopelessly underused and all minor characters don't live long enough to be even mourned. In the end that makes for a decent action thriller, which could have been even better with a straighter outline and a little more care for the side characters. But still, fans of the genre should be satisfied.
Super Reviewer
October 1, 2008
Way to convulted, and Kilmer's transformation into a Chuck Norris one man wrecking crew isn't entirely believable. I liked Kilmer's character at first, but his biting and sarcastic tone didn't fly when things got pretty tense. A stronger dose of supporting actors (namely Ed O'Neill) would've made this a little more balanced, but in the end, its pretty unbalanced and the ending was unfitting.
Super Reviewer
½ June 2, 2007
Scott: In the city there is always a reflection, in the woods always a sound.
Curtis: What about the desert?
Scott: You don't wanna go to the desert.

A thriller involving a special agent assigned to find the kidnapped daughter of the president, written and directed by snappy, to-the-point dialog driven playwright David Mamet.

This means that there is a lot of real dialog spoken without a minute to lose as well as lots of twists and turns. The way people talk is the way they are supposed, without giving exact meanings to certain phrases directly to audiences, its also very vulgar at times for no real reason except to give it a more macho feel. This can confuse some or make others more engaged.

The movie centers around Val Kilmer's character, Agent Scott, and he does a good job as a special agent of some sort, who works for the government and takes this matter into his hands. Derek Luke also joins him, helping him out along the way.

Scott: You need to set your motherfucker to "receive".

Rounding out the cast, you have Ed O'Neill and William H. Macy to keep things interesting, as well as other recognizable faces from other Mamet flicks.

Scott: Honey, you got all the slack in the world until I leave this room. Then I'm gonna zero you out.

The movie is full of twist and turns, a couple cool action scenes and gun play. Mamet specializes in stories focusing on variations of con games, so this is basically like a political thriller version of that, and it's very entertaining.

Scott: The smell of American cigarettes flows through the air out here. That's why you never go to the desert.
Super Reviewer
May 29, 2008
Like any Mamet film it's wonderfully scripted and paced. Unfortunately it isn't anything new. Kilmer is great but he keeps managing to obtain sidekicks that last a little while, serve some purpose and then get killed. It's a little formula that becomes little comedic in an otherwise serious film. The DVD box also ruined the twist, but it wasn't much of a twist in the first place.
Super Reviewer
½ May 15, 2008
A supreme, very fast-paced and intellingent razor-sharp thriller. It packs on smarts and suspense perfectly. Val Kilmer is magnificent, crafting one of his best perfromances, playing a character who is dedicated to what he does and does not ask questions. Director/Writer. David Mamet knows how to craft a story and it's characters well. A wickedly entertaining film with great twist, great characters and action. I's terifficly written and superbly directed.
Super Reviewer
April 19, 2007
I've always been a huge fan of both Kilmer & Mamet's work and they are both in top form here.

A delightfully complex film that never quite pans out the way you think it will.

Worth it just for the line.
"Set your mother fucker to receive!"
Super Reviewer
½ March 22, 2014
From writer/director David Mamet comes the political thriller Spartan. When the daughter of an American politician is kidnapped the secret service calls in black ops specialist Robert Scott to find her. Starring Val Kilmer, William H. Macy, Ed O'Neill, and Kristen Bell, the film has an impressive cast. And, Mamet does an excellent job at creating tension and suspense. However, there's a certain ambiguity to the plot that muddies things up a bit. While it has some weaknesses, Spartan is still a smart thriller that's full of excitement and intrigue.
Super Reviewer
May 15, 2010
It has been a very long time since I last watched a Val Kilmer movie, I really love his movies. This movie has Val Kilmer in the main part as this special investigator. The President's daughter has mysteriously dissappeared and the investigator has to find out where she is located and how to get her back. As he dives in to the case he discovers that there's more to the story. This movie was very thrilling and it had some nice twists. Val Kilmer was great as always.
Super Reviewer
½ February 28, 2010
The characters could have used better definition, and the final moments become overly preachy about the current state of political affair but for much of it (particularly the middle section) its a rather engaging thriller that is very entertaining.
Super Reviewer
½ June 25, 2007
This is a film whose intelligent ideas are somewhat of a rarity, but whose execution is lacking flair. A thriller as dense and intricate as this one requires sronger narrative and more distinct style. Nevertheless, it's an enjoyable little spy flick.
Super Reviewer
June 20, 2007
Underappreciated hit-the-ground-running thriller from Mamet. Kilmer shines.
Critique Threatt
Super Reviewer
April 15, 2010
The investigation into a kidnapping of the daughter of a high-ranking US government official. As Mamet's film gradually grows he is able to flourish awesome characters, an intriguing plot that I seemed to actually care about, great camera movement, and oh can't forget the Mamet twists and turns of wicked suspense. A real serious movie for real serious film audiences.
Super Reviewer
July 8, 2010
This movie makes you realize how shitty of an actor Val Kilmer is.
Super Reviewer
May 20, 2009
Val Kilmer's acting took a nosedive in this film. Derek Luke was alright. The movie is about secret service agents trying to rescue a kidnapped American girl. If you are extremely this movie.
Super Reviewer
April 24, 2009
I enjoyed watching Val Kilmer be such a weird badass. I also liked the plot line a lot. There's no doubt in my mind some politicians would actually do this to their daughters!
Super Reviewer
November 18, 2008
Probably the best Val Kilmer movie I've seen aside from "Felon".
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