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 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.
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.
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.
In which David Mamet emulates Harry Steven Keeler.
Val Kilmer ist der härtest der Harten und der speziellste aller Spezialagenten und muss quasi im Alleingang die von Mädchenhändlern entführte Tochter des US Präsidenten befreien. Da SPARTAN ein Film von David Mamet ist, geht es natürlich um die Lüge und die Lüge in der Lüge, um Täuschung und Enttäuschung. Kein schlechter Film. Rogert Ebert hat ihm die höchste Bewertung gegeben, manche halten Val Kilmers Performance für die beste seiner Karriere. Ich habe ein paar Probleme mit dem Film: Ich fand Val Kilmer nicht überzeugend und zu kalt (ich hätte mir eher Mark Wahlberg gewünscht), die meisten Szenen habe ich schon in anderen Filmen gesehen.
I have a hard time believing Spartan and Glengarry Glen Ross have the same man behind them. Where the back-and-forth of Glengarry is memorable and quotable, Spartan is utilitarian and hackneyed. Where the characterization in Glengarry is intricate and thorough, Spartan relies on genre cliches or just doesn't try very hard. Spartan is so derivative of earlier spy thrillers, and such a bad imitation of something starring Jack Ryan or Jack Bauer, that I am inclined to think Mamet is playing a joke on his audience. If so, I don't get it. D
Full review at www.mediocremovie.club/exclusives/spartan
O cinema dos últimos anos foi feito por grandes nomes como Steven Spielberg, Oliver Stone, Martin Scorcese, Brian De Palma, Francis Ford Copola, Roman Polanski, entre outros. Avesso aos holofotes há um nome que possui talento no mínimo equivalente a esse grupo e que, mesmo não sendo tão conhecido do público, possui o devido reconhecimento da crítica. Trata-se de David Mamet, roteirista e diretor de pequenas obras-primas costurando tramas surpreendentes com extrema inteligência e criatividade assim como é em "Spartan".
Um experiente integrante do exército americano (Val Kilmer) é convocado pelo serviço secreto para investigar o desaparecimento da filha do presidente dos EUA. Porém, como é de costume nos filmes de Mamet, a trama trata de nos apresentar detalhes…
Spartan is about a kidnapping. The film looks alright. The acting is made of cheese. Some of the dialogue is made of corn. There are less twists than expected. The ending works fine. Available on Netflix DVD, Spartan is an auteur requirement that may be skipped, but may be worth checking out.
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In which David Mamet emulates Harry Steven Keeler.
I didn't realize that I've seen this before, until half an hour in. Then I hoped I'd like it better this time, but no. I like the storyline, but can't stand the bad acting, especially Val Kilmer's.
With commentary by Val Kilmer. He's very droll, and he makes a lot of jokes - some of which he clarifies are in fact not true and just jokes. He also provides an interesting perspective on how movies are made from an actor's point of view. I want Mark Isham's music for this available on its own. It's great. Effectively ominous.
Spartan is just one of those perfectly apt titles. Sure, it has a little anecdote that goes with it halfway through the film, justifying it somewhat; but it's hardly necessary, given that it perfectly describes the film, which jettisons everything but the skeleton of the story—to great effect. What Mamet gives up in depth or psychological insight, he gains in pure, unadulterated tension. Dialogue isn't so much spoken as fed into the whirring cogs of the filmic whole, and no, that's not a knock. If anything, it shows how much of a film (especially blockbusters and thrillers) is not much more than filler. Mamet isn't interested in the story so much as in the mechanics of it, and seems…
This is about as David Mamet as he can get. Not only does it contain the trademark off-kilter snap dialogue, but the same format seems to be applied to the entire structure of the film, creating such a wholly unfulfilling, depressing action movie that the very nature of it makes you question not only the concept of servitude but certainly the grasp that a film has on the audience. Spartan is a movie that forces you to be on your toes. If you don't go along with it, you'll be bored, but I can't imagine how you could not go along with it.
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