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20th March 2009

Summary:

Sparks fly as two ex-spooks try to outsmart each other in this snappy, slick and stylish caper.


Claire Stenwick (Julia Roberts) is an ex-CIA agent, while her former lover Ray Koval (Clive Owen) used to work for MI6. When they cross paths again and rekindle their affair, Claire hatches a plan for the couple to bag a cool $40 million. She's working for a corporate giant who are about to buy up a valuable formula that would put their competition out of business. Their main rival also wants the formula and the two CEOs, Howard Tully (Tom Wilkinson) and Dick Garsik (Paul Giamatti), will do whatever it takes to get their hands on it first. Ray joins the rival company and initiates an ingenious plan that should see the two of them walking away with the product and making an absolute fortune. Simple enough - as long as these ex-agents can trust each other...

Review:

The lack of trust that both characters had for each other was believable for two spies, but undermined belief in the love they professed for one another at the end.

I am usually concerned about how edifying the film will make me feel at the end of the viewing, and while not emotionally uplifted it contained a redemptive ending, so I left without feeling offended after the viewing.

For us, there was little chemistry created between the two characters, and while Julia Roberts is still a beautiful woman, her age is definitely showing. For her stature in the industry I hope in future films she makes more artistic movies that express the heart.

This movie may be enjoyable for those who are trying to figure out the puzzle, but, as I said, the Rubik theme as presented by the Rubik cube key chains, and the multiple screen wipes, and the jumping back and forth in time complicated the movie too much