2001, a time when Brad Pitt was in the flower of his manly vigor. It's his relationship with Robert Redford that is the essence of this film. And Redford's smarter-than-thou gravitas as he outplays the entire CIA in order to rescue Pitt from a Chinese prison on Redford's last day before retirement.
Unfortunately, the movie fraught with manly dialogue like, "Didn't this used to mean something?" And every trope is obvious: The wizened mentor who overcomes his cynical "principles" to help a beloved surrogate son. The rash maverick who throws expediency aside and risks his life for love. The boring, banal McGuffin of a woman who props up the bromance.
Nonetheless, the titular spy games are fun to watch. And Redford is the spy master we love to watch.
Shout out to a couple favorite character actors: Benjamin Wong and Omid Djalili. Great to see you guys.
Double feature with 3 Days of the Condor.