The writer doesn't feel the need to introduce the characters and jumps right into action and that is a refreshing change. The dialogue is very well thought out and more extensive than the usual one liners that is what makes this triller so unique. The absence of catchphrases or worn out lines makes the dialogue and atmosphere feel more tens and perfectly fits the movies overall theme.
Val Kilmer shows one of the best performances of his career a total badass. Macy and Bell also deliver solid performances.
The directing is very good and is different than in other thrillers. Rather than trying to lay focus on the characters Mamet lays focus on the plot and lets the actors do their thing which helps the plot unfold so much better and the characters to bloom. He does this with great camera work. There are some great long shots that just raise the tension and excitement.
There are also many hidden details in this movie that can give the viewer a clue about the proceedings in the story and pull the viewer even more into the story.
In conclusion we can say that we have a very unconventional yet brilliant thriller that excites from start to end and makes the viewer feel at home.
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