In this riveting spy thriller, no one is safe. Harris (Dermot Mulroney), a CIA interrogator at an Agency black site, finds himself the target of a rendition operation after being scapegoated for an interrogation gone horribly wrong. As the team tasked to bring Harris in begins to question their orders — and each other — Olsen (Mel Gibson), a senior intelligence officer, and his subordinate, Visser (Annie Ilonzeh), raise the stakes. Now, it’s up to Harris and some newfound allies to uncover the truth and turn the tables.
What We Thought:
Despite a cast including Mel Gibson, Dermot Mulroney, Jason Isaacs and Katie Cassidy I had never heard of Agent Game. You’ve most likely never heard of it either. There’s a reason for it, it’s a pretty generic spy/action type thriller we’ve seen a thousand times before. It’s not terrible or anything and I didn’t mind watching it, but it definitely feels like many, many others movies out there.
There is a secret mission. There is a double cross. There is someone being held against their will for information. No one trusts anyone and all are expendable with one man pulling all the strings. Gibson probably came in and shot all his scenes in 2 or 3 days because he doesn’t have a ton of screentime. And I’ll be honest, the entire film I couldn’t figure out who played the Miller character because I didn’t even recognize Katie Cassidy with dark, short hair. After the movie I watched the credits to see who it was and had to go back to rewatch certain scenes to see how I missed it being Cassidy.
Its biggest flaw is that it is by-the-book. Gibson is a fantastic actor and Mulroney and Isaacs are top-notch as well so the acting isn’t bad. It’s about 90 minutes long so it gets right into the story and action. The action is perfectly fine and it leaves the door open for a sequel. It’s just the story has been done so many times previously that you kind of forget about the movie a few days later.
Agent Game will be a movie people find on home video/streaming because of the cast. Wow a new Mel Gibson movie? I’ll check that out. It won’t have great reviews and the average person will completely forget about it. It had potential (especially with that cast) to be at least solid, but it won’t wow too many people and I don’t know if the sequel will even happen.
BLU-RAY / DVD SPECIAL FEATURES
- Audio Commentary with Director Grant S. Johnson
- Subterfuge: Playing the Agent Game
Mel Gibson The Expendables 3, The Patriot, Braveheart
Dermot Mulroney TV’s “Hanna,” Hard Luck Love Song, TV’s “The Purge”
Annie Ilonzeh TV’s “Chicago Fire,” “Person of Interest,” “Charlie’s Angels”
Jason Isaacs TV’s “The OA,” Harry Potter franchise, Black Hawk Down
Katie Cassidy TV’s “Arrow,” “Gossip Girl,” “Melrose Place”
Barkhad Abdi Good Time, Captain Phillips, TV’s “Castle Rock”
Adam Canto TV’s “Designated Survivor,” “Blood & Oil,” “Mixology”
Rhys Coiro TV’s “Entourage,” “The Walking Dead,” “A Million Little Things”