Saturday, February 17, 2007


Based on a true story

Chris Cooper: Senior F.B.I. Special Agent Robert Hanssen
Ryan Phillippe: his aide, probationary Special Agent Eric O'Neill
Laura Linney: Eric’s “handler” and mentor Kate Burroughs
Caroline Dhavernas: Eric’s wife Juliana

It’s refreshing to go to a spy movie that you can actually follow and not get totally confused with sub-plots, red herrings and all the other ruses so often employed by filmmakers.

Right at the beginning the U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft tells us the outcome so this is not a thriller-type movie. Waiting to find out what happens is not what keeps us in our seats. Instead, it is good solid acting coupled with excellent writing that fleshes out the principal characters as real people. The absence of heroics makes it all that more believable.

for profanity, sexual material and drug content.

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