I've seen the film personally, and to tell you the truth, it was a lot less than what I expected from it. It's an average action film that ended up being a vehicle for a lead actors/actresses like Milla Jovovich, Pierce Brosnan, Dylan McDermott and Angela Bassett. Other than that, the plot revolves around yet another boring post-9/11 act of terrorism upon the US and all, which is a boring subject to begin with when one produces an action film and expects a good review. That kind of storylines work for drama thrillers, and this movie wasn't supposed to be the latter. Besides, the leading character, Kate Abbott (Jovovich) didn't have much of a thing to do nor an enough character development (despite my dislike of that thing, it was terribly needed there) to learn and know of her motivations. She was only running from one side of London to another, and that was about it. Brosnan was the only thing I liked about the film, and was the best thing in it, to tell you the truth, in each scene he walks in his attire, looking menacing than ever, the haunting look on his face chasing the protagonist like a ghost, as well as bearing brilliant assassin skills (the rope sliding scene in the stairwell, anyone?).
This is pretty much what all reviews said. The movie is not good but Pierce is great.
The difference between Spy and James McTeigue’s thriller Survivor is not that one is preposterous and the other isn’t, but that one knows it and the other does not.
Milla Jovovich plays Kate Abbott, a security officer recently posted to the American Embassy in London, who ‘lost some of her best friends in 9/11’, is effortlessly fluent in Mandarin, Russian and Arabic, and can find her way at full tilt along the tunnels of London’s Underground even with ‘one of the most wanted assassins in the world’ on her tail. This is the so-called Watchmaker, played by none other than Pierce Brosnan. But before all this, Abbott finds that U.S. visas are being dished out to some rather suspicious applicants, evidently with the cooperation of someone on the inside.
Why are men with knowledge of dangerous, highly flammable gases applying to enter the United States? The answer involves a fiendish plot to blow up Times Square, and rather a lot of terrorist-inflicted carnage in London, which doesn’t seem to matter too much as long as the Big Apple stays intact.
It’s all thoroughly ludicrous, yet strangely watchable, as Abbott goes on the run not only from the Watchmaker and his cohorts but also her own people at the embassy, who are convinced she’s the baddie.
Only a couple of colleagues believe in her innocence, one of them played by Frances De La Tour in a wheelchair, whose dodgy American accent at one point has ‘the place crolling with Marines’. The best way to hide in a place crolling with heavily armed Marines, incidentally, is to duck behind a desk; Abbott is nothing if not resourceful.
Philip Shelby’s script contains some memorable clunkers, including one that detonated explosive mirth at the screening I attended, when it is solemnly noted that Brosnan’s fearsome assassin has ‘had so much reconstructive surgery that nobody knows what the hell he looks like’.
But Brosnan at least proves that he can act against type, and Jovovich makes a spirited heroine, issuing another refreshing reminder, along with Spy, that the Bonds and Bournes of this world are not necessarily blokes.
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The Video: This AVC-encoded 1080p 2.40:1 presentation offers what looks like a fairly faithful reproduction of a new digitally shot film. The film has a fairly drab, cold color palette, but skin tones look accurate throughout. Fine detail is crisp. I noticed only a few very minor digital compression issues.
The Audio: The packaging and disc menu trumpet a Dolby TrueHD surround mix, but my player reports only 2 lossy options: Dolby 5.1 surround (448 kbps) and Dolby 2.0 stereo (192). That aside, the surround mix is actually quite powerful, with many action scenes taking advantage of the surround channels for impressive directional effects. An early scene with a helicopter in combat does an excellent job of placing the viewer in the middle of the action, much like a similar sequence in Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. Otherwise, everything sounds clear and sharp. Two subtitle options: English SDH and Spanish subtitles.
Making-of Featurette (HD, 5:25) - A pretty standard-issue, talking-heads heavy featurette
Deleted Scenes (HD, 10:39 total) - Not much wheat in this chaff, although it is interesting to note a (pretty chaste) shower scene in which the relationship between Jovovich and McDermott's characters is made more explicitly romantic.
Trailers - for this film, and 4 other recent Millennium releases.
Last Edit: Jun 22, 2015 10:07:44 GMT -5 by eaz35173
On Wednesday night, I was lucky to have a great distraction before 2nd chemo - a visit to a film set (one of my dad's movies is shooting in London - it's called "Survivor"). I went with a few of my team from TLD and Anders and we got a chance to sit and chat with my dad and Pierce Brosnan. That was pretty cool! Here's a picture for you:
Last Edit: Dec 22, 2015 17:14:39 GMT -5 by eaz35173