I'd been meaning to watch this for a while. Sydney Pollack directing, someone I admire a lot. Spy movies are right up there for me with courtroom dramas. I'm pretty sure I've seen this before but it was long enough ago that I didn't remember it.
Seeing it as an adult had a dramatically different impact than being a kid. All the concepts, some of which became a real problem later for America, were awesome to see through the lens of the 1970s. It wan't without problems, but I'd say the movie was all around worth seeing.
The violence in the movie wasn't glorified. It happened in a way that just felt real. People weren't pulling off Jason Bourne style ass kicking. It was a lot more frantic, rushed, and desperate. Guns seemed brutal. I liked the overall depiction of how they handled it.
Robert Redford's character proved more wily than I would've given him credit for due to his background. He really came out more lucky than skilled (which was okay I guess).
Some of the twists didn't work for me. The choices made, the kidnapping...I don't know. a lot of the smaller details felt tacked on. I almost blame Dino De Laurentiis because pretty much everything he touches has a layer of silly problems that didn't have to be there.
I think this is a passably good spy movie with an interesting premise that transcends it's time. It's worth seeing if you've already watched many other spy movies and want to see the precursor to those modern ones we're inundated with now.
Rating: 3.75 out of 5
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