Today I sat down to watch a film that I hadn't seen before and that film was Spy Game, Spy Game revolves around a veteran CIA agent (named Nathan Muir) on the verge of retirement trying to save his protégé (Tom Bishop) who is being held in a Chinese prison and is going to be executed within 24 hours. Meanwhile at Langley, Nathan is being interrogated about the history between him and Tom, from his recruitment in Vietnam to missions in Berlin and Beirut. Spy Game is directed by Tony Scott and stars Robert Redford and Brad Pitt.
There are a few positives to this film, which include: great acting, good action, good story progression and a cool flashback mechanic. One of the things that made this film enjoyable is the brilliant acting by the two leads (Robert Redford and Brad Pitt), both actors give really good performances that lead to the believable characters on screen; the way the film is told is quite interesting as it is a series of flashbacks of Muir reminiscing his past with Bishop, while another plot is happening simultaneously.
There are also a couple negatives which are that the plot is quite simple and I wasn't attached to the characters. To expand, while the film was fun and the plot was fine it had a very simple story which wasn't helped by the film being mostly flashbacks; but as the bulk of the film is the backstory, the plot in the flashbacks have to be taken into consideration as well. The stories in the flashbacks were also fine and entertaining but nothing special or anything with any depth.
Overall I enjoyed this film because of the good performances and fun story however as the plot was quite simple it decreased my enjoyment of it, so taking everything into consideration I rate this film: