Nathan Muir is the veteran spy who, armed with only a phone, must battle CIA politics to rescue former pupil Tom Bishop, who has been captured by the Chinese.
For some weeks, the most interesting thing about Spy Game was its MIA status. Normally, this might suggest a movie in trouble, but although Tony Scotts political thriller equal parts Tom Clancy and John Le Carré fails to break any new ground, it is solid, intelligent entertainment boasting real star power. Redford is the veteran spy who, armed with only a phone, must battle CIA politics to rescue former pupil Pitt, who has been captured by the Chinese. Taken as a companion piece to Scotts Enemy Of The State (that was the FBI, this is the CIA), Spy Game lacks the simple, dramatic urgency of the earlier movie we are on the clock here, but still we still find time for three flashbacks? However, Scotts visual style fashions distinct geo-political regions, while the global reach is high on ambition and actually accrues resonance in the current climate.