Tuesday, December 26, 2006

The Tailor Of Panama

An English tailor in Panama is weaving lies to make himself interesting. A disgraced English spy on the downside of his career is looking for opportunities to improve his situation, for conspiracies to report to his superiors and redeem himself. They were made for each other and almost bring doom to Panama.

It is a nice story, but nothing like the hype displayed on the back of the DVD: “mind-blowing spy chase!” or “seductive spy thriller.” For a movie that bring together the writing of John Le Carré, the direction of John Boorman, the talent of Geoffrey Rush, Pierce Brosnan and Jamie Lee Curtis, it is rather disappointing. I was expecting some explosive action like in a Bond movie, a Jack Ryan or movies like Traffic. No big surprises. However, it is an intelligent story, rich in human elements. I was not bored, so it is still a good entertainment. The DVD is multilingual and offers an alternate ending and an interview with Rush and Brosnan.

The Tailor of Panama. USA/Ireland, 2001, 109 min.; Dir.: John Boorman; Scr.: Andrew Davies, John Le Carré, John Boorman; Phot.: Philippe Rousselot; Ed.: Ron Davis; Cast: Geoffrey Rush, Pierce Brosnan, Jamie Lee Curtis. Rated R.

The Tailor of Panama ©2000 Columbia Pictures Industries Inc. All Rights Reserved. Packaging © Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.

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