The central idea is a suspenseful masterstroke, as is the first hour. However, the last act is much more subtle, and delivers a social-political commentary. Yet, with Three Days of the Condor first relying only on its tension rather than social critiques, it becomes more interesting how it fulfills its narrative puzzle than it being dramatically or thematically satisfying, and thus, making it just miss greatness.
A slick middle-of-the-road paranoia thriller closer in spirit to the dopey delights of Charade than the impressionistic The Conversation. Nevertheless a good example of a businesslike project solidly realised by a dependable journeyman director; spiced with good playing, let down by a daft sex scene (as much as Dunaway tries). Good fun all the same.
Hidden among director's trademark melodramas, barely distinguishing themselves, is an espionage thriller as his most contemporary 70's film. It's not an extensive study on proposed political topic, nor a lasting dwell on character psychology, but a steadily paced and convincing presentation of fear, paranoia and, in a nutshell, helplessness of a modern politically engaged individual.
3 / A warm, cozy seventies New York glamorous depicted, with mid-century modern interiors at their best. Interesting plot, in a trend (All the President's Men, The Conversation etc.), about the individual fight against the system - although today such optimistic (even dubitative) outcome, when an individual embarass CIA, seems rather idealistic, and naive. But maybe it is the time that has changed...
Another sturdy well crafted film from ol' Sydney.This time round a typically paranoid 70's thriller with a lot to say. However it falls short of the potential masterpiece i felt was in there. With the right moves Pollack could have had a 'Conversation' or 'China Town' on his hands. To me the scenes where he re-wires the phones or when he speaks to Joubert at the end were glimpses of what could have been. 4/5