Spy Game [Blu-ray]
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When a top-secret, unauthorized mission goes awry, CIA agent Tom Bishop (Brad Pitt) is captured—and sentenced to die. With just 24 hours to get him out alive, Bishop’s boss, Nathan Muir (Robert Redford), must battle enemies abroad and the system inside the CIA to save his friend. Now the clock is ticking and the race is on … as the deadliest game of all explodes into the spectacular, adrenaline-fueled thriller that ABC Radio says “sizzles with suspense!”
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If you like spy movies, this is a good movie to consider. Although the movie was made in 2001, It takes you back to the 70's and to many troubled places around the world. One minute you're in Honk Kong, then in divided Germany, the next, you're in Beirut at the time of the Lebanese civil war where a big part of the movie took place. It reminds us of the Berlin Wall and It shows some of the Palestinian people horrible living condition in refugee camps in Lebanon. It also shows the CIA involvement in Mideast assasinations.
Robert Redford is the main player in the movie. He appeared much older to me than one of his older spy movie (and one of my favorite) from 1975 " Three Days of the Condor". He also proved that he is still a great actor.
The movie is very entertaining and it keeps you thinking and guessing as more and more information is revealed about "Bishop" (Brad Pitt) and the intention of the CIA to deal with "the problem or crisis at hand".
THE DVD: (HD DVD)
This HD DVD has a great transfer, and the picture quality is excellent! The audio is also great!
There are some extra feautures such as deleted scenes, however, none is in high definition or even in good standard DVD quality. I would only only rate the extras one star.
Overall, Great Movie, Great Quality HD DVD Transfer. Recommended
There is cursing, violence (murder), sex, but no nudity. So it should be fine for your mature teenager, this is mild compared to a lot of PG-13 stuff today.
And yet some of those failed to be fully appreciated and did vastly less than the hoped-for and deserved box office business.
SPY GAME was one of those. It cost $92,000,000 and was worth every penny of it, but it did only $143,000,000 in box office world-wide, and probably lost money the way they keep the books in the movie business.
I consider it Robert Redford’s best picture, Brad Pitt’s best picture, and director Tony Scott’s best picture. Catherine McCormack’s performance is terrific and those of a half dozen other actors, most of them English, were elegant, delicious.
The screenplay by Michael Frost, no-first-name Backner and David Arata is as good as it gets, genius. The camera work is perfection, genius. So is the sound and the music. The extraordinarily difficult editing is perfect.
What went wrong?
Why did it do so little business?
Two reasons. The picture hit the box offices right after 9/11 when the public was focused on Iraq and disinterested in what had happened years earlier in Vietnam and Beirut and what could be imagined might have happened in China.
And it was too complicated for the mass audiences. You really have to see it two or three times to understand the plot completely and to appreciate the dozens of choice moments in the picture.
It is one of my two or three all-time favorites and if you haven’t seen it, and very few people have, you can get it from Netflix or stream it.
I insist that you see it.
The title should have been DINNER OUT but explaining why would spoil it.
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