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David Mamet United States, 2004

Filipe F. Coutinho's rating of the film Spartan

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.