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Spartan

By | 2018-03-21T18:31:29+01:00 July 12th, 2004|Reviews|

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Date: 2004

Director: David Mamet

Starring: Val Kilmer, Tia Texada, Derek Luke, William H. Macy

David Mamet puts together a simmering political thriller in miniature. Someone wants the president’s daughter dead. Val Kilmer, Mamet’s typically cold-talking protagonist, is a Secret Service agent who finds himself caught in a conspiracy. Which is where the riddles begin. The dialogue is pure Mamet: terse sentences, fierce, ice-pack elocution (“You wanted to go through the looking glass. How was it? Was it more fun than miniature golf?”) Kilmer is the intelligent man’s Jack Bauer; better said, he holds the line against the Bauer-“24” action hero parody. In Mamet’s hands, even Kiefer Sutherland might shine.

About the Author:

Marcia Yarrow
A military brat, Marcia Yarrow was born in Hamburg, Germany but grew up in Germany, Spain, and Provo, Utah. She's been writing for the magazine since its creation in 2004.

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