Wednesday, September 2, 2009


Mostly in French with English subtitles
Original title: Espion(s)

Guillaume Canet: Vincent, airport luggage inspector
Hippolyte Girardot: Inspector Simon Faure with DST, the French counterintelligence agency
Stephen Rea: Mr. Palmer with MI5, the British secret service
Vincent Regan: Peter Burton, pharmaceuticals executive
GĂ©raldine Pailhas: his wife Claire
Archie Panjabi: MI5 operative Anna
Alexander Siddig: Malik, Burton’s business associate

Although it sets our to be a international thriller, it is anything but. Instead the emphasis is on the romantic aspect but even that comes across as flat, dull and boring.

Without proper training nor any experience in espionage we are expected to believe that Vincent somehow knows how to pull off the things he does: in a word, unbelievable.

As for the action, forget it. Apart from two unexpected moments when something approaching action does take place they are marred by the most amateurish CGI I’ve seen since that technology first made its appearance.

Strewn about are inexplicable encounters Vincent has with several people that serve only to confuse the whole mess.

for some sexuality and violence.

• There is a typo in the subtitles: it should read “…kid’s HIV” but is written “…kid his HIV”.
• When Anna shows several photographs to Claire, between cuts one of them winds up outside the folder although no one touched it.

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