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June 28, 2016
MAMET is a far better writer than director but the script here feels rough and stilted. Add in a fairly terrible score and KILMER walking around doing his best emotionless SEAGAL impression and you have a confused thriller that fails to satisfy.
½ June 15, 2016
Mysterious vocabulary.
March 28, 2016
There is no possible way any agency no matter how special would send someone who just finished training on a big mission like this! Get a clue hollywood!
November 29, 2015
End breaks down a bit, but overall an example where minimalism can take a seemingly cliche genre and make it real again.
½ July 21, 2015
Mamet and Kilmer really do elevate this underrated thriller.
July 14, 2015
A very dark intriguing thriller written and directed by David Mamet, with Val Kilmer playing a special operative named Robert Scott, dedicated to his country with specific skills. A man of a thousand faces. When the President's daughter is abducted, Robert & Curtis (young rookie operative) are put on the case to help find her. As the investigation progresses they realize they have uncovered a slavery ring of young blonde women who are sent to Dubai. Robert gets very close to uncovering the entire operations when the President's people make an announcement that she died by drowning with her Professor in a boating accident. Curtis knows this is not true and reveals this to Robert. Robert ends up on a mission outside of his agency to save the Presidents daughter. A dark movie of conspiracy & complicated politics.
½ June 25, 2015
Spartan is an intelligent and exhilarating action thriller. It makes you think with its twisty nature and intense action. The script is great and the dialogue is even better. The characters get lots of development and the plot is intriguing. The first 20 minutes is slow, but after that is just ends with a great climax.
May 11, 2015
Spartan is a decent film. It is about the investigation into a kidnapping of the daughter of a high-ranking US government official. Val Kilmer and Derek Luke give good performances. The script is a little slow in places. David Mamet did an alright job directing this movie. I liked this motion picture because of the action and adventure.
½ March 25, 2015
"Was It As Fun As Playing Miniature Golf?"

***** 1/2

When The Daughter Of The President Is Kidnaped Veteran Army Ranger & Secret Service Agent Robert Scott Is Assigned To The Task Force Of Recovering The Girl. Accompanied On This Mission Is A New Secret Service Recruit Ranger Curtis Who Is Training Under Scott. They Soon Discover A Human Trafficking Operation That They Believe Will Lead Them To The Girl. But When The Press Releases That The Girl Is Dead The Case Is Considered Closed.
You Can't Lie To A Ranger: That Is What Curtis Tells Scott. But Why Does Scott Care If The Story Of The Girl Being Dead Is A Lie? He's Just A Worker Bee: That Never Wanted To Be A Handler, Or A Planner, & Never Claimed To Be. He Just Does What He's Told & Avoids The Political Nonsense That He Thinks Is As Fun As Playing Miniature Golf. When Curtis Tells Him That They Have An Army That Depends On Them For The Truth Curtis Is Shortly There After Shot By A Sniper & Scott Takes His Last Words To Heart, & Becomes Determined To Accept The Consequences & See The Mission Through Till The Truth Is Known.


I Give This Film An A (Amazing) ***** 1/2
December 27, 2014
12/27/2014: A pretty decent suspense flick with a good cast and an interesting plot.
½ October 15, 2014
well crafted thriller
September 9, 2014
Interesting take on loyalty.
August 26, 2014
Nice action thriller with a couple of twists.
August 15, 2014
David Mamet? Really? A poorly- scripted, overacted, contrived mess of a film. Deus ex machina (almost literally)? Check. Would be much more effective as a parody of the mystery/thriller genre.
½ July 11, 2014
Probably the most underrated movie ever. Great dialogue and no spoon feeding for dumb viewers
July 7, 2014
Political Thriller, With No Guts...
June 17, 2014
It's more politically correct than the Mamet I'm familiar with.
April 14, 2014
Awesome taut movie that holds you in your seat and makes you pay attention. This is Val Kilmers best work since Tombstone and he seems to be right at home in the Mamet universe. The rest of the cast works well, although Macy is a little under used. The story itself is great and although some people will probably have a problem with pace I think it works perfectly for the mood that is being set. Great movie.
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.
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