A “lone wolf” U.S. government secret agent, Scott (Kilmer), is assigned the task of rescuing the kidnapped daughter of a high ranking government figure, only to discover along the way a larger, more sinister plot.
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How to put together the framework of a thriller and themes that haunt every classic Greek tragedies like Exile and Disguise (Did you notice how many times Val Kilmer changes clothes here) for instance, that's the lesson David Mamet teaches us in Spartan. Sometimes it is working, sometimes it isn't. Recommended though.
When a playwright attempts to write action, the result can be unpredictable, as can be the viewing experience, which is exactly what happened to me with Spartan. I loved everything about the first half, but after the "twist," everything goes off the rails and my levels of engagement decreased monumentally. Had Mamet stuck with a more conventional narrative, I believe this could have been truly great.
Impresively immediate during the investigation section; forgoing any exposition for the audiences sake, or a switch away to another perspective. The second half is more macho, a sisyphean hell of seeing your partner get shot again and again.
holy shit, this movie really reminded me what a bad script, directing and acting combined look like.
it's almost pure comedy when it comes to the development of the storyline..., and the dialogue does wonders to ensure that impression.