Every film Roger Ebert has given a four-star rating. This is an ongoing project.
U.S. government agent Scott is assigned to rescue the daughter of a high-ranking government official. As willing as he is to bend the rules to get things done, though, Scott is shocked to find that others are willing to go even further to protect a political career.
"Set your motherfucker to receive."
more fun than miniature golf.
A ripsnorting-ly fast paced thriller with zero hand-holding and a cast fully committed to delivering Mamet's unique writing. Spartan is an underrated gem, one that has sailed under the radar of a lot of film fans and one that should be essential viewing to anybody attempting to make a spy thriller. What makes Spartan so great is that it doesn't treat its audience like an idiot, the plotting is tight and contains not a trace of fat or exposition. It is an impressive effort.
"I was raised by wolves."
It's hard not to look at Spartan and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and wonder what Val Kilmer's doing co-starring in direct-to-video garbage with 50 Cent. He's excellent as a no-nonsense military man brought in to track a missing girl. David Mamet writes and directs this twisty thriller that boasts both his usual ear for dialogue and which moves to its own rhythm, starting and stopping and starting again, just when you think it's over. An excellent supporting performance by Derek Luke as Kilmer's novice assistant rounds one of the most satisfying and unjustly overlooked thrillers of the last decade.
A remarkably emotionally cool thriller where a less bloated Kilmer starts looking for the damsel in distress of the day, you got it, the president’s daughter.
It plays out like a bad episode of 24 or Homeland meets Taken, and while the acting is on par, it’s totally let down by ridiculous dialogue (coming from Mamet’s pen btw) and a complete lack of any bond between the viewer and the characters.
Val Kilmer is really good but the film as a whole left me cold. There is not much to latch onto in terms of emotional connections. The realistic approach was great though. No big action scenes - they are gone in a flash and hit hard.
Pay attention because Spartan will not wait for you.
This film is tremendous. Tight direction, Mamet’s signature dialogue (and actors that can deliver it), and a balls-out pace make this a great watch. It is quick, gritty, and smart.
It is a crime that this is not available on Blu-ray.
Very good story (the overall idea rather than the specifics), which never lets up; well directed, particularly well paced. Unfortunately, the script ranges from cheese to downright bad (unexpectedly, considering David Mamet was behind it)
Raw, minimal special agent thriller with Mamet's trademark clipped dialogue. Val Kilmer gives one of his very finest performances as a bastard with his heart just about in the right place, operating in a grey, cynical world. There are a few twists thrown in after a slow-burning start and ultimately it's a rewarding film.
Val Kilmer is very good in this. And while many plot points aren't logical and too many of the connections were very convenient, but I still really enjoyed the story and plot. Great Mamet work.
Really solid. Val Kilmer gives a fantastically understated performance.
A történet nem váltja meg a világot: klisés titkos ügynök-sztori, de ahogy a Geekzen is írták, nem is ez a lényeg, hanem a megvalósítás.
Beszippantott a hangulat, első nekifutásra végignéztem, pedig ez nem gyakori manapság.
Az utolsó negyed órában megmondom őszintén nem teljesen éértettem a történések közti kapcsokat, pontosabban a miérteket. Mindenesetre tetszett a végén, sztem egyszer újranézem.
Viszont a szinkron borzasztó, szigorúan felirattal!
This crisp yet black-as-pitch thriller never stops moving and masterfully keeps the information well-orchestrated. Probably the best expression of Mamet's directorial methods, though his stripping away has a tendency to feel dehumanized and impersonal.
Mamet delivers a gut busting dark adult thriller with a tough as nails Kilmer and some outrageously manly dialogue. The plot is fast paced, the script witty and the action is exciting. Each and every character has a personality and though Spartan is primarily focused on thrills there is really great character moments and very very emotional scenes. I can't believe I never heard or saw of this film before, a gem.
The 2015 edition of the They Shoot Pictures, Don't They? 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films list.
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