Nicolai Dalchimski, a mad KGB agent steals a notebook full of names of “sleeping” undercover KGB agents sent to the U.S. in the 1950’s. These agents got their assignments under hypnosis, so they can’t remember their missions until they’re told a line of a Robert Frost poem.
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Telefon's clever idea of unknowingly sleeper agents activated by a Robert Frost poem to commit acts of sabotage is undone by its stellar promise. Disappointing in its lack of suspense and thrills in these action scenes, there's a feeling more fun and tension could've been drawn. Also, our hero's largely lack agency in the plot, nor are they often even in harm's way, which makes the initial action rather impersonal.