Synopsis: CIA assassin with a heart-of-gold races against time to save the life of fellow CIA assassin with a heart-of-gold who’s not having much fun in a Chinese prison.
Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “Superstar Brad Pitt teams with Academy Award-winner Robert Redford in this pulse-pounding action thrill ride.”
What Did I Learn?: All of the good CIA employees are aging Cold Warriors; the new guys are just pencil-pushing, technocratic turds who don’t care about agents in the field.
You Might Like This Movie If: You enjoyed this TV show as a kid and feel it’s time for something a bit more grown-up.
Really?: I had a little trouble believing that a stone-killer like Redford’s character (he traded a humanitarian aid worker to the Chinese government!) would empty his bank account and destroy his reputation to save an agent who was doing his own thing when he got caught. I also didn’t realize it’s possible to organize your own, private covert operation with forged documents and a stolen security pass, totally on the fly, from within CIA headquarters.
Rating: Spy Game is an egaging espionage thriller if you can occasionally suspend your sense of disbelief. 7.5/10 stars.