The Listening (In Ascolto) (2007)

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A spy discovers a new tool of his trade has put an innocent woman in danger in this political thriller. In the late 1990's, the National Security Agency teams up with a computer software firm, Wendell Crenshaw, to implement a new surveillance technology called Echelon, which will allow intelligence operatives to tap into telephone systems (both cellular and land line) to watch and listen to nearly anyone they choose. Francesca (Maya Sansa), who works at an art gallery in Italy, one day finds a briefcase containing classified documents regarding the Echelon system, and it isn't long before both the NSA and Wendell Crenshaw realize she now has some very damning information in her possession. Ashe (James Parks), a top executive at Wendell Crenshaw, takes it upon himself to find Francesca and use violence to find out what she knows about the contents of the briefcase; James (Michael Parks), an NSA operative, has been following Ashe's actions and is forced to blow his cover and intervene before an innocent woman is killed. Inspired by actual incidents, The Listening was shot in Rome by Italian filmmakers with an English-speaking cast. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
Rating:
R (adult situations/language)
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Medusa Film

Cast

Michael Parks
as James Wagley
Maya Sansa
as Francesca Savelli
Andrea Tidona
as Gianni Longardo
James Parks
as Anthony Ashe
Bruce McGuire
as Phillip Kovacs
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Critic Reviews for The Listening (In Ascolto)

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (2)

The important and intriguing issue of classified global audio surveillance of private citizens is all but garbled in The Listening.

Full Review… | December 14, 2006
Variety
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The Listening isn't really a thriller -- it's mostly a droning conspiracy theory dressed up in moderately exotic locales, high-tech jargon and a moralizing spying-is-wrong message.

December 14, 2006
L.A. Weekly
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It has the earmarks of a lavish, high budget production for an all-star cast but the way it's done reminds me of the first time I tried to get up on skis.

Full Review… | January 2, 2007
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