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!
Worth checking out.
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.
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!"