Spy Game Reviews

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Super Reviewer
½ April 29, 2007
A veteran CIA agent discovers that his protege is being sold out by the agency so he uses his last 24 hours on the job to try and rescue him from execution by the Chinese government. Very much an old school spy thriller, Spy Game's overly generic script means that it's pretty much entirely reliant on the partnership of Redford and Pitt to maintain your interest. Unfortunately they spend very little time on screen together as Redford spends virtually the entire film sat in a meeting shuffling paperwork while telling the largely irrelevant back story of how he met Brad who seems to be little more than a sharp shooting taxi driver. The result is a combination of a humdrum conspiracy thriller and Jackanory which comes across as the cinematic equivalent of an airport paperback. Inoffensive but dull.
Super Reviewer
½ May 15, 2008
Robert Redford - like a few other actors - does so few films nowadays that it's a treat to watch him act. While this film isn't particularly memorable, it's still worth a watch. Redford plays a retiring CIA agent who has just 24 hours to save his former protege (played by Brad Pitt) before he's executed for a failed espionage rescue mission in a Chinese prison. Played in mostly flashbacks as the kid comes up through Vietnam and the ranks of the CIA with Redford, the film has its share of excitement and drama, but the acting just seems rather phoned in at times. Directed by Tony Scott, who seems to enjoy being at the helm of these kinds of things.
Super Reviewer
July 28, 2010
Super Reviewer
½ November 19, 2009
I thought the movie had very good acting, but its visual style and plot was just bland. Robert Redford and Brad Pitt worked really well together, but it doesn't make a film good. Tony Scott's effort was almost nonexistent, there was none of his great style present.
Super Reviewer
½ April 12, 2007
You can definitely tell that Tony Scott made this, because it has the exact same feel and directing style to it as one of his other films, namely Enemy of the State. He's even used the same type of font for the credits. The only real difference between the two (apart from the plotline obviously) is that this one isn't quite as great. A solid spy movie nonetheless though, with a cleverly written script and great leading actors. So if smart and exciting thrillers is your thing, you may want to check this one out.
Super Reviewer
July 14, 2007
Great thriller about two CIA operatives. Nathan (Robert) trained Tom (Brad) to be a CIA agent but after a job in Beirut they parted ways. The movie starts with Tom being captured by the Chinese for espionage. Nathan is about the retire but does everything he can to save Tom.
Super Reviewer
August 3, 2006
Hugely surprised by this film, it?s not the usual type of film that?s associated with the likes of Brad Pitt and it?s possibly the first film, where I have enjoyed the performance of Robert Redford. This film is a fascinating spy Action Thriller, with a realistic angle (i.e. not your James Bond/Bourne type of spy film), which I found compelling and very much enjoyed.
Super Reviewer
½ February 22, 2007
A stylish, intriguing, nail-bting and sensational thriller. A thinking man's spy movie. It's taunt, gripping, intelligent and exhilerating. Outstanding, breathtaking and explosive. Smart, thrilling and endlessly enjoyable. Loaded with suspense, excitment and some well-crafted action sequences. Robert Redford is brilliant. Brad Pitt is riveting. These two great actors together just shined with their great chemistry. Awsome entertainment. A solid, energetic, sizzeling and exhilerating adventure. You'll be holding on to your seat every step of the way. Director, Tony Scott's best film to date. One wickedly cool movie. An emotional powerhouse. It hits all the right notes and some really cool unpredictable turns.
Super Reviewer
October 1, 2007
movies like this made my wife so resistant to watching them when we first met.
Super Reviewer
January 23, 2007
pretty good, had some suprises
Super Reviewer
May 30, 2006
It's an ok spy thriller. Tony Scott pumps things up with his directorial style and its cool seing Redford and Pitt together. The problem is that the film is trying to be a realistic spy thriller, but things are just kind of far fetched with Redford sneaking around the CIA to handle the problems. More of the film works than the parts that don't though.
Super Reviewer
November 7, 2006
It was alright.
Super Reviewer
October 27, 2006
One of those movies you watch if nothing else is going on.
Super Reviewer
½ December 9, 2010
the "Spy Game" is one entertaining great film. Very intriguing premise that doesn't get boring at all. The flashbacks are the best parts of the movie.
Brad and Bob were good together.
Super Reviewer
½ May 14, 2010
Muir (Redford) and Bishop (Pitt) have been working for the CIA for a long time and Muir is about to retire from his job when he discovers that Bishop has been jailed in China for spionage he wants to do everything he can to help him out. He faces a dangerous and difficult task indeed. I loved this movie, especially because of the great actors and because of the great story.
Super Reviewer
October 30, 2010
Nathan Muir (Robert Redford) is a CIA agent who is on the brink of retirement just 24 hours away when he gets a call from a friend letting him know that his protégé Tom Bishop (Brad Pitt) has been captured in China for espionage. When Nathan arrives at work he realizes the situation is serious as he sent to questioning about Tom, who is to be executed in 24 hours. Most of the action occurs in flashback, which some people may not like, and centers around the relationship between two and takes us from their first meeting in Vietnam through the training and onto the missions in Berlin and Beirut.

Brad Pitt and Robert Redford make one heck of a great team in this movie that features enough twists and turns like any good spy film should and has plenty of tension that is fast paced and gets your blood pumping.
Super Reviewer
December 12, 2007
A good spy film.
Super Reviewer
½ February 12, 2006
A convoluted plot and a boring love interest. Thankfully, Pitt and Redford save this one, and the scenes regarding the spy training are all pretty fun.
Super Reviewer
September 11, 2010
The combination of Redford and Tony Scott really works for me. Scotts movies in some ways similar to Michael Bay jump off the screen with action and tension, but neglect in character development for big name stars. Redford?s great subtle acting fill in the normal voids left. The story is built on flashbacks to Redford recruiting Pitt and training him to be a spy and not a very good spy. The subplot of him falling in love with an aid worker who is a counterspy herself seems labored and not very memorable. The true meat of the story is that it is Redford last day before retirement when he learns that Pitts been imprisoned and basically disavowed by the CIA because of on negotiations with the Chinese government. Redford need to basically out maneuver the entire CIA using nothing but himself and his skills to rescue Pitt right under the nose of the CIA who knows what he doing and constantly derailing his plans. Comparing this to The Recruit with Al Pacino and Collin Farrel. Similar themes, but it brings in to sharp contrast why I prefer Redford interpretation over Pacino?s. Redford can convey emotion with a slight glance where Pacino exaggerated expression and body language just fall short
Super Reviewer
October 12, 2009
Espionage thrillers have been a major staple in cinema since the 1930's onward and there place in film history has never been in question until the 90's rolled around and the genre took a major plunge into over the top antics choppy dialogue, bland acting and terrible plotting. But that all changed in the 00's when Tony Scott released his old schooled espionage thriller, "Spy Game".

"Spy Game " is highly charged, brilliantly paced, well plotted and exceptionally acted especially on Robert Redford's part. It's got game and it's got the hyper kinetic style of most Tony Scott films but what they lack this one has all the right parts. It has the deep rooted effect of making you believe that what your seeing is a true to life story and it plays out so well that by the time the story begins your in it till the end.

Robert Redford proves that even though he is old he's still got what it takes to smoke the younger generation Redford gives Pitt the one up and completely and utterly overshadows him in this film. Brad Pitt is not as good as Redford and is at sometimes just there so Redford can talk to someone, but there are some scenes in the film where Pitt does shine and is equal to Redford. The rest of the cast display amazing talent and skill in there parts and do great to back up there two leads.

Tony Scott's "Spy Game" may be too complex for some but for others it's a blast to watch the espionage genre get back it's old feel and style. It's got the right stuff to make it believable and the right moves to play the game. Now there's only one question left, will you be there to watch it all go down?
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