Tuesday, July 20, 2004

Spartan, written and directed by David Mamet
A secret service agent tries to find the president's kidnapped daughter only to discover dark forces at work in the presidential administration. Kilmer plays the agent well, although Mamet's more creative lines are beyond Kilmer so his delivery of them becomes risible. In fact some of the dialogue is conceptually interesting but completely unsuited to a real movie. (I don't mean that as an insult.) Still, the twists in the plot keep one's attention--even if a few are predictable. And the film's scathing political commentary cuts deep. One must give Mamet credit for taking new risks with this film


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