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On the brink of retirement from the CIA, Muir learns that Bishop has gone rogue. His one-time protégé has been jailed in Beijing on espionage charges after attempting to break a prisoner out of China. Years of bad blood and hurt feelings are washed away in a flood of memories of adventures shared by the two men as Muir takes on his most dangerous mission ever.
Thriller Action - Contrary to the appearances of the ad campaign, this film is not an
spy action-adventure but a drama involving espionage--and hence the
film is directly aimed toward older moviegoers rather than younger
adults. Violence and language make the film inappropriate for
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Review Average "Spy Game is absorbing enough for a night out, yet
the film never pretends to be more than a lavishly downbeat popcorn thriller; it
ends up skittering over the very issues that lend it a modicum of vitality.''
James Berardinelli, Internet Critic
Review Good "Spy Game does not offer the attention to detail evident
in the best spy thrillers. There's also no real build-up in tension. Suspension
of disbelief is important, since there are several poorly concealed contrivances
necessary to move events forward. Overall, Spy Game is an engrossing, if
flawed, endeavor - the kind of movie that represents an evening's solid
Review Very Good "It's an outstanding piece of entertainment--one of the
best spy thrillers in years. Redford returns to a genre that he laid claim to in
''Three Days of the Condor,'' lo those many years ago. It's wonderful to see him
reinterpret and expand on that kind of performance at this stage of his career.''
TV Guide OnlineFull
Review Average "It never fails: They're on the brink of retirement when all
hell breaks loose. That's just the first cliché in this extremely well-shot
espionage thriller that might have worked as an old-fashioned guy's-guy movie if
the guys involved had any real, human personality and the espionage were
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As you can see, these are some high opinions! Most moviegoers really enjoyed "Spy Game," rating it "Very Good" to "Fantastic." A relatively small percentage rated it just average. Only a few rated it low, which you can see in virtually every movie and can be ignored when it's such a small percentage of the total opinions.
I RECOMMEND SPY GAME to everyone that goes in knowing it's NOT an action movie (but it does have a decent amount of action). It's more of a psychological thriller.
The year is 1991 and veteran CIA officer Nathan Muir (Robert Redford) is a day away from retiring when he learns that his one-time protege Tom "Boy Scout" Bishop (Brad Pitt) is in deep trouble.
Detained in a foreign prison on a charge of espionage, Bishop has gone rogue and is scheduled to die in 24 hours. Fearing an international incident, the CIA decides it's too great a risk to try and save him.
So it's up to Muir. With a new generation in charge of the agency, the old-school Muir is no longer an insider and must figure out how to outwit
the organization he has served for so many years as he scrambles for details on Bishop's situation.
Muir hand-picked Bishop for the field when the younger man was a sharp-shooter in Vietnam, and taught him everything he knew. But a rift divided them long ago. Now, racing the clock, Muir recalls in a series of vivid flashbacks experiences they shared all over the world. He puts on his game face for his superiors one last time as he describes recruiting the young rookie, training him in the high stakes game of espionage and meeting the woman who threatened their operation — and their friendship.