Saturday, March 13, 2004

Spartan review!

Val Kilmer is on a roll, damn it.
After Salton Sea and Wonderland, you'd think that Kilmer would fuck up.
No such luck. This time out, he's working for ace writer/director David Mamet, so there's really no chance that this movie wouldn't NOT be good.

Well, it's great and I still didn't expect what I got. Spartan is the smartest American action movie since Ronin. It drops you straight into the story, doesn't tell you squat, and expects you to keep up. You meet Kilmer's character, find out he's some sort of government operative and find out the president's daughter is missing.
From there, the movie propels you forward at a rapid pace, through double and triple and quadruple crosses, plot twists and a cast of great character actors including Derek Luke, William H Macy and Ed O'Neil.

Nothing is as it seems. No one is totally innocent. And every corner you turn could kill you. Mamet's world is shadowy and dangerous, and Kilmer's unnamed agent is the perfect man to navigate its alleys and cul de sacs. He's a soldier...a weapon. Point him in a direction and he does his mission, no questions asked.

I'll say no more about the plot. Suffice it to say, it's worth the ride. Just see the damn movie, okay?

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