November 29, 2001

Just a Game

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A standard spy movie recipe calls for a few basic ingredients: a dashing leading man, the respective heartless villain, and a meddlesome, half-clad female. Throw in a few fast cars and some confounding technology found in the current international setting of political upheaval, and simmer for two hours. What more could be desired of an old favorite?

Apparently a lot, judging by the recently released and adeptly titled Spy Game. It’s the newest contribution from director Tony Scott, who can add it to his action-packed hit list of films such as Top Gun, Crimson Tide, and Enemy of the State. In this variation, Nathan Muir (Robert Redford) is an “old-school” CIA agent spending his last 24 hours at the office before retirement. Despite dreams of Bahaman bliss, Muir’s last day is far from peaceful as he learns that field agent and former prot