Sommerleigh Pollonais, Senior Writer
Plot: A CIA officer finds himself the target of a rendition operation (extraction of a terrorism or criminal suspect from a country by US operatives, worldview.stratfor.com) after being scapegoated for the death of an interrogation subject.
Review: Agent Game. Horrible title I agree, but you know what? I didn’t hate it!
This straight to streaming (or maybe it’ll show in theaters for a week, who knows) movie stars Mel Gibson and a bunch of other people who’ll have you saying, “Hey! It’s that guy/gal!” For example we have Katie Cassidy of Arrow fame where she played Black Canary (or Canaries, I lost count) as Miller a CIA agent, Barkahad Abdi of the now meme-worthy “I am your captain now” Captain Phillips fame as Omar, a wrongfully detained Muslim man, with Adan Canto from The Cleaning Lady (by the way, this show is really good, you should definitely give it a go) and Jason Isaacs who’s does a ton of great voice work but who I remember most recently as the charismatic Captain Lorca from Star Trek: Discovery, all making appearances here.
Surprisingly the actors involved are doing their best to make this paint-by-numbers espionage thriller work. And I appreciated that as these types of movies aren’t known for their good performances and are best for playing while doing your household chores and yet I found myself actually paying attention to the story! I’m not saying it’s a great story but it does have enough going for it to make it engaging at times. There aren’t many action sequences so if you’re going in hoping for them you’ll have to be satisfied with a handful here and there and a larger set piece at the conclusion. The film actually sets itself up with an open ended finale, so I’m guessing they have a sequel in mind. Call me crazy but I’m not mad at the idea.
In a world filled with mediocre straight-to-stream movies, Agent Game is a tad better than the rest. Not a lot better, but certainly not the worst by a long shot. Trust me, I’m just as surprised as you are.
Sommer’s Score: 5.5 out of 10
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