Original Grade: 4 stars
Rewatch Grade: 4 stars
"The particular pleasure of 'Spartan' is to watch the characters gradually define themselves and the plot gradually emerge like your face in a steamy mirror."
Roger knew exactly how to get to a film's essence in just a few sentences didn't he?
Spartan begins in a haze of constant misdirection and characters speaking in riddles. It is mesmerizing and hypnotic. There is an almost Lynchian undertow at work in the first 45 minutes of the film. It is unlike any other Mamet film before or since.
Instead of rapid fire dialogue it takes it's sweet fucking time.
In the middle of this fog stands Kilmer, triumphantly playing against type. What…