Scott and Curtis continue to pursue the investigation and Scott soon learns that there may be a deeper conspiracy involving the President himself, and that the two agents are now considered off the reservation with their own lives at risk.
Val Kilmer is outstanding as Scott. He has the same quality that Matt Damon exhibited in the Bourne film trilogy - toughness and preparedness for any eventuality, but also the ability to be surprised for an instant. Screenplay and direction by David Mamet are both excellent, and if you are a fan of David Mamet suspense films like House of Games and The Spanish Prisoner, you'll recognize the taut, sparse, quirky dialogue that keeps the viewer slightly off balance.
The cinematography and sets are appropriately dark, grainy and gritty; the supporting cast is outstanding, especially William H. Macy and Clark Gregg as Secret Service agents; the R-rating for violence and language is well deserved. If you enjoy David Mamet suspense films, or political conspiracy action thrillers like The Sentinel, Shooter or State of Play you will likely enjoy Spartan.
Labels: action, crime, drama, mystery, thriller
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