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I was shocked. Yes, there were some funny moments, and Shannen did get to hiss out a couple of catty zingers in between gratuitous nudity of both genders. But the overall movie had a very serious tone, ramped up the action and suspense, and really held my attention. I found myself rooting for the good guys, and not just because the lead has a nice chest. This felt like a new kind of gay cinema, with quality writing and acting and a plot that had nothing to do with a gay man fighting bigotry. It was a spy movie first and foremost, and the spy happened to have a boyfriend, and it worked. I truly hope that film in the future can be as blase about sexuality. Truly great movie.
And with the popularity of the James Bond and Jason Bourne films, I'm sure the question had been posed, "What if there was a spy-action thriller film featuring a gay hero?".
here! films decided to do just that with a George Schenck and Frank Cardea film, directed by Ron Oliver featuring the first gay spy thriller featuring Jacob Keane (played by "Queer as Folk" actor Robert Gant).
The film starts off in Berlin with three agents in a mission. Jacob Keane (Grant), Marta (Shannen Doherty) and Jared (Fraser Brown) on an undercover mission that goes wrong. From then on, everyone goes there separate ways.
Years later, Jacob is now a professional photographer taking photos of models and you find out that his working partner at the photo studio is his boyfriend and he is gay.
On that same day, it is Jacob's weekend to take care of his daughter and the two have a specially planned weekend until he gets home and receives a message on his answering machine from Marta, who sounds disturbed and in trouble and needs to meet with him.
Jacob leaves his daughter with his former girlfriend or wife (who is shown to also be gay) and heads to the airport to find Marta and realizes that she is being followed. Once he meets Marta, something is wrong because she doesn't even recognize who she is.
Although Jacob and Marta have been out of the spy agency for years, someone wants them dead. The film becomes a cat and mouse chase as Jacob and Marta try to escape and outwit the thugs that are after them and try to find out why Marta lost her memory and who wants them dead.Read more ›
This movie is totally low budget and it shows. Supposedly set in Germany, Italy and Switzerland, all the vibrant cities look like the same anonymous grey Canadian city as a stand in. Robert Gant, usually such a great presence on film comes across as wooden and unemotional - particularly in a key scene which begs for emotion. The dialogue is bland and cheesy, the plot completely predictable, any semblance of action (this is an action film, isn't it?) is missing, and my biggest gripe - they haven't seen each other since the fall of the Berlin Wall, and neither has aged one iota (at least Doherty's cheesy wig was left behind). And worst of all, the door is left open for another installment. No thanks, I'll stick with Oliver's much better Strachey mysteries.
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Well, color me surprised. I really thought that they would camp this up seeing as how the main character is a gay ex-spy. They didn't though. Bravo. I would love to see more, too. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Russell S
Well performed and acted that this is a very interesting movie to sit and watch, A couple of agents get called back into service but one has had their memory erased which means... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Robyn B. Mcgorm
After watching all of Director Ron Oliver's Don Strachey films I was all set for EuroGay romance and suspense at its best ...but I can't recall a single kiss in this movie. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Samuel Augustus Jennings
I took a chance on this movie and I must say it really did entertain me. It was a sort of who done it flick. Read morePublished on December 15, 2013 by NHMovieLover
This was an excellent movie! Kept me wondering who, what , when and where....I'll watch it again, and recommend it highly!Published on June 25, 2013 by craig wickersham
I was glad I watch it, but probably won't watch it again. I wish there had been a clip of it online.Published on January 4, 2013 by Mark Gentner
Ex-Spy Jacob Keane is pulled away from his boyfriend and daughter and back into the high-stakes world of international espionage when his former partner Marta (Shannen Doherty)... Read morePublished on September 30, 2012 by Staci
Shannen may not be the best actress around, but since I like her so much - she will always be the best as far as I'm concerned. Read morePublished on October 28, 2011 by Ace Seven