Good movie: Spartan


PDA






GAC
March 27, 2004, 10:53 PM
My wife and I actually had time to ourselves this past Tuesday evening and went to a movie. Unsure what to see I chose "Spartan" since I like David Mamet movies and also like Val Kilmer. It was quite good.

To describe the movie let me first list all the things "Spartan" does not have:

- Car chases
- Fiery car explosions
- Endless gunfights with 300 round magazines
- Characters physically fighting to get to the just out of reach pistol
- Two characters wrestling over a pistol with a "bang!' and, "oh no, who got shot!?"
- Snappy one liners between a good guy and bad guy
- Snappy one liners after the bad guy dies
- Girl in trouble and the hero start a romantic relationship
- Hero's best friend is working for the bad guys

The plot: Val Kilmer is some sort of special forces soldier or Federal cop (it's never quite clear) who is called in to help the Secret Service after the president's daughter goes missing in Boston. The movie follows Kilmer and a couple colleagues as they try to figure out where the girl is and if she was kidnapped, ran away, murdered, etc.

The shooting scenes are well done and Kilmer does a very good acting job.

I looked at the movie website and read a short interview with Mamet, the director, and he hired a Eric Haney, former Delta Force commando, to be a consultant/advisor after reading Haney's autobiography. I grabbed the book (Inside Delta Force) at work and the book is interesting too.

If you enjoyed reading about "Good movie: Spartan" here in TheHighRoad.org archive, you'll LOVE our community. Come join TheHighRoad.org today for the full version!
winstonsmith
March 27, 2004, 11:25 PM
Sounds good to me. I read Haney's book, enjoyed it alot. I like both Mamet and Kilmer. I'll have to watch it.

alamo
March 28, 2004, 12:35 AM
Saw it last week. Interesting plot twists and shooting/action scenes. However, later in the movie, the plot got so far fetched and so completely beyond the bounds of any reason I left disappointed. I can only go so far in make-believe scenarios and this one stretched the limit.

modifiedbrowning
March 28, 2004, 02:17 AM
I saw this movie last week. I thought it was pretty good. One thing I thought was odd was when Kilmer goes to oceanside house and his partner is outside covering him with an Mp5 with a scope. Didn't seem like the best weapon to be using.

PATH
March 28, 2004, 02:26 AM
Shoot em up action was stellar!:D PLodding mindless plot was awful!:barf:

If you enjoyed reading about "Good movie: Spartan" here in TheHighRoad.org archive, you'll LOVE our community. Come join TheHighRoad.org today for the full version!