Set in the days leading up to the events of 9/11, a CIA agent (Nick Nolte) holding top secret information disappears en route to meeting his errant daughter. Irène (Juliette Binoche), a French spy attempts to help the girl find her father. However, a poetic hitman (Turturro) is intent on stopping the search in its tracks.
The unlikely scenario is played with such gusto, however, that the contrivances begin to exert an infectious fascination, and the fate of CIA agent Nick Nolte’s offspring becomes of the utmost importance, as resourceful French spy Juliette Binoche spirits them from Paris to Venice under the nose of poetry-spouting assassin John Turturro, who resembles a Coen caricature.
An inventive idea is let down by a weak script.
Reviewed by Patrick Peters