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She's missing.When the daughter of the President of the United States is kidnapped, special ops officer Robert Scott (Val Kilmer) and his protégé, Curtis (Derek Luke), are assigned to find and rescue her. Their mission seems to come to an abrupt conclusion when the media reports the girl’s death, but Curtis believes the girl is in fact alive ... And if she is, it can only mean there is a far more sinister and dangerous conspiracy originating within the White House itself.Written and directed by David Mamet (Heist, State and Main, The Winslow Boy).]]>
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In this film we see one of the regulars .William Macy as secret service agent.It is a slow paced thriller with a con job where the primary (val Kilmer) is a nasty good guy and has figured out the con.He has been duped. Now he has to tidy things up.Make good what others have made bad. Undo the damage that other good guys have done.If you need a play by play then the earlier reviewers of this film should be read. I am just here to let you know it is typical Mamet with a touch of uber agent action. Most of his films are con ,scam or one on one confrontations. Macey is great at confrontation. He is a master at the verbal stumble.He is seen briefly in the middle (an intro)and then at the grand finally.
Val kilmer is given or ad libs a few witty phrases and seems to enjoy his role.
I really couldnt see how Ricky Jay or Rebecca P.(the wife) would fit in. Mamet in one of his long con movies using Rebeccas skill at delivering simple but very witty lines. Shes really good.She just would not fit in this salvation of the soul type film.
It is not a fun film but is very interesting. And I was not disappointed with the dialogue. Certainly not his best work but good enough to watch. He has set his own bar so very high in the past and those films will be tough to reach.
It's surprising to me how many people do not understand he plot of this movie or it's basic themes. This is not a mindless action movie. It also doesn't spoon feed you the plot or what you're supposed to take away from this film. If you're too dense or on your phone the whole time, you're not gonna get it.
In my opinion, this is s great film about duty and honor. Honor is a frequent them with Mamet. I love it.