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Film ● Mini-Review: Agent Game

Title: Agent Game

Director(s): Grant S. Johnson

Screenwriter(s): Mike Langer & Tyler W. Konney

Released: 2022

Runtime: 1h 29m

Agent Game

● In present-day Belgium, a small group of operatives led by Kavinsky (Adan Canto) capture a man. This group was recruited by Olsen (Mel Gibson), a high-level officer in the CIA, three weeks earlier.

● Five weeks earlier, CIA officers Bill (Jason Isaacs), Harris (Dermot Mulroney) and Visser (Annie Ilonzeh) interrogate an individual suspected of having ties to terrorists. Said individual denies such ties.

● As an action-thriller, the premise is nothing special but it is intriguing enough to get one interested. The non-linear structure might be contrived for some but it serves its purpose by gradually revealing the connection between what happened five weeks earlier to the events of the present.

Kavinsky (Adan Canto)
Kavinsky (Adan Canto)
Bill (Jason Isaacs)
Bill (Jason Isaacs)
Harris (Dermot Mulroney)
Harris (Dermot Mulroney)

● The viewer is likely to work it out soon enough and once the narrative confirms it, once the “mystery” is revealed, the tension goes away. That is normal and, as expected, it tries to shift into some action (for a different type of tension). Unfortunately, the set piece is poorly executed. The firefight has little sense of position, of maneuvering and tactics, and insufficient reloading. Instead, it relies on loud noises and explosions.

● Although the final act is obviously meant to wrap things up, it doesn’t mean it can’t have some movement and it can definitely use some. In other words, the film starts strongly enough and the performances from a good cast, particularly good ol’ Mel, hold it together even if the characters are too simplistic, but it doesn’t end well.

Olsen (Mel Gibson)
Olsen (Mel Gibson)

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