The movie is based on the infamous "Stanford Prison Experiment" conducted in 1971. A makeshift prison is set up in a research lab, complete with cells, bars and surveillance cameras. For ... See full summary »
A veteran high school teacher befriends a younger art teacher, who is having an affair with one of her 15-year-old students. However, her intentions with this new "friend" also go well beyond platonic friendship.
John LeCarre's spy thriller is brought to the big screen. A British spy is banished to Panama after having an affair with an ambassador's mistress. Once there he makes connection with a local tailor with a nefarious past and connections to all of the top political and gangster figures in Panama. The tailor also has a wife, who works for the Panamanian president and a huge debt. The mission is to learn what the President intends to do with the Panama Canal. But what the two do is concoct a tremendous fictional tale about former mercenaries who are ready to topple the current government and are willing to work with Britain and the US to do so. Written by
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After seeing this movie I left the theater with a strange feeling. There are a good story and some nice ideas from the directional side. Geoffrey Rush is excellent as usual and I loved to see Brosnan in his anti-role as an evil spy. Nevertheless I didn't like the movie too much. Its big problem is its undecisiveness. In the beginning it seems to be an espionage thriller but there is no thrill. There are some small historical aspects and political statements but there are too few to make an impression. It's too shallow as a family drama and there are not enough jokes to make you laugh for 2 hours. Later on it seems to be a satire on the whole espionage business (these are the best scenes of the movie). Unfortunately the movie develops the satirical potential of the story too late. When it starts getting interesting the movie is over.
A waste of a good story and cast. 5/10
Oh ... and go see it in OV. Beware the awful german dubbing.
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