Starring: Robert Redford, Brad Pitt, Catherine McCormack, Stephen Dillane, Larry Bryggman
1991, just as the cold war is about to end, the United States President is due to visit China in order to ink a trade deal. Days before the presidents visit, a CIA operative Tom Bishop (Pitt) attempts to break into a Chinese prison and rescue a British national, Elizabeth Hadley (McCormack). Bishop gets captured and his arrest puts the United States government and the CIA in an uncomfortable position, especially since Bishop was working on his own. If USA does not claim Bishop he would be executed in 24 hours, however, claiming him could put the trade deal at risk. Nathan Muir (Redford) is a mid-level CIA agent who recruited and trained Bishop. The top-level of CIA try to grill Muir in order to extract more information from him about Bishop and pin-point an incidence which would give them an excuse for not claiming him. Muir realises the ugly game that the CIA is playing and uses his all his skill and experience to save the young boys life. There is a very interesting plot surrounding the movie and it seems to have gotten all the correct things in place. Good cast, good plot but the only aspect that let it down was the lack of character and substance. The movie has enormous scope to become a very enticing watch, if only there was more excitement and feel attached to it. Anyhow, you can never go wrong with a Brad Pitt movie.
Thumbs up: Great plot and performances
Thumbs down: Movie needs more excitement