Master Spy: Robert Hanssen Story
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- 7 deleted scenes with optional director's commentary
- Behind-the-scenes featurette
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The film is good in showing Hanssen's actions, but weak in showing his motivations. Another annoying point: One of the most interesting aspects of the case is how he was caught: Knowing the evidence showed there was a mole in US intelligence, the FBI (and later CIA) "leaked" to both current and former KGB/SVR officers that they were willing to pay handsomely for the identity of "Ramon," Hanssen's chosen code name. Sure enough, a post-KGB officer took the bait and turned over the entire KGB file on Ramon. The first gem it contained was a recording of the fatal phone call, and FBI officers realized in horror that it was their colleague. The file also contained a plastic trash bag Ramon had used to package FBI documents years before.Read more ›
As others stated, it is a good companion movie for Breach. There are multiple glaring problems with the direction & writing which I'll describe below but the performance of the actors far outweighs those negative aspects & is still a good movie, albeit, missing critical detail.
If you watch the director's bragging in the extra special features, you will discover he wasted enormous funds on giving himself & his writer paid, tax deductible pleasure trips to Russia, Hong Kong, DC, Hawaii, Canada, NY, Chicago, etc., from which the audience didn't benefit. From the scenes, it could have been filmed in any hotel room or office with a superimposed photo or video plate in the background. Too many directors are wasting production money on free, tax deductible trips & other toys using a movie as their excuse. Yet the audience does not benefit. We see the interior of a hotel room with some recognizable background that easily could have been superimposed. Or a quick view of the Kremlin or some street in Hong Kong that could have been substituted by any stock footages or filmed by one camera person as a background or fill scene rather than paying a full crew for each locale based on the meager scenes we saw.
It was clearly a case of self gratification for the director & writer as was their gaining access to the bowels of the FBI HQ, Russia's Politico & prison; the latter 2 of which could have been filmed anywhere from what little we saw.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a 122-minute version of the original 200-minute CBS mini-series, drastically edited to fit on a single DVD. Read morePublished 8 months ago by stepnan
I like a movie that hits all the marks. This one was interesting and entertaining and made me want to learn more about the real Hanssen. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Counselor
This is a five star story with a strong cast and N.Mailer as the primary script writer(3 star rating for other reasons which I won't go into in this blurb of a review). Read morePublished 10 months ago by Jf
I guess after reading the book Spy by David Wise and watching Breach several times, this movie was rather disappointing. My expectations were too high. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Martie deVisser
i loved it great movie had to.do a report onit and it touch stuff that wasnt in the movie breachPublished 21 months ago by Efren Pedraza
I saw another actor in the same role that I preferred but to each his own with this one. The plot moved slow in spots ok if your into slow moving movies that drag out the plot.Published on July 24, 2013 by Soul's Ladybug
I've seen both Breach and Master Spy - 2 movies about the same case/event. I found Breach to be more realistic in terms of who the principals were and what their motivations. Read morePublished on May 27, 2013 by gigharborguy
All actors except Pace were very good. I could not believe how much I had to hear about the strippers life story...oops wrong movie,especally with a poor actor. Read morePublished on April 29, 2013 by maylane
It's an interesting tale about the F.B.I. spy, Robert Hanssen; nevertheless, overtaken by events.
A young F.B.I. Read more