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.
In which David Mamet emulates Harry Steven Keeler.
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.
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.
A good actor can make even the most stilted script sound natural. This is one such script. Val Kilmer is NOT one such actor. This movie was a chore to watch for roughly 2/3rds of its running time. Stiff acting, careless directing, dialogue that adhered so strictly to the "eliminate unnecessary words" rule of writing that it was largely implausible.
People already don't talk the way Mamet characters talk, but this movie took it to a whole other level. Its only saving a grace is a plot that starts off interesting, if dry, and seriously picks up speed in the second half.
There are moments I can think back on an say, "That was a good moment." Those moments aren't enough to leave me with an overall positive impression. Watch Redbelt, watch the Unit, watch ANY Mamet movie other than this one. This way lies only disappointment.
A riveting, intense, and tragically underseen thriller that tanked in theaters in 2004. You can trace the bombing of this and the great KISS KISS BANG BANG to the exact moment that Val Kilmer stopped caring.
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