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Certificate 12A
Ryan Phillippe
Chris Cooper
Dennis Haysbert
Laura Linney
Gary Cole
Billy Ray
Adam Mazer
William Rotko
Running Time
110 minutes

The spy who stayed out in the cold

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In 2001, FBI trainee Eric O’Neill (Ryan Phillippe) starts work under the Bureau’s computer wizard Robert Hanssen (Chris Cooper), with secret orders to check on his internet habits. He’s soon told Hanssen is the target of an espionage investigation.

Cold and cerebral, with simmering suspense rather than outright excitement, this is a feel-the-quality-of-the-acting movie. It can’t answer all sorts of questions, but does take a scary mug shot of a subtle monster.

Reviewed by Kim Newman

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