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Looking for all the world like father and son, cinema's two golden "boys" Robert Redford and Brad Pitt team up for this daftly implausible but diverting spy yarn from
Enemy of the State
director Tony Scott. Redford's the old pro who's about to retire from the CIA; Pitt's the boy-wonder protégé banged up in a Chinese hellhole after failing to free old flame Catherine McCormack from custody. The 24 hours prior to Pitt's execution see Redford reminiscing about the partnership, before running rings round his oblivious CIA superiors with little more than a glue stick, a marker pen and some sticky-backed plastic in an attempt to save his friend's life. It's like spy-gaming,
-style. Flashy, if a little over-elaborate, in its direction,
doesn't quite deliver on the promise of its superstar pairing, but Redford, as always, is a delight to watch.
A veteran CIA agent is on the verge of retirement, but when he learns his former protege has been thrown into a Chinese prison and is awaiting execution, he decides to launch a perilous and ill-advised rescue attempt. Thriller, starring Brad Pitt, Robert Redford, Catherine McCormack and Stephen Dillane.
Cast & Crew
Contains violence, swearing and drug abuse.
video and DVD
23 Nov 2001
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