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Agent Game Blu-ray Review

Game over.

“Agent Game” is a spy thriller that takes place in two timelines that eventually converge. In the first timeline, a CIA interrogator (Harris) is questioning a man (Omar) at a black site alongside other CIA members Visser and Bill. In the second timeline, Senior Intelligence Officer Olsen recruits a 3 person team (Kavinsky, Miller, and Reese) to abduct a certain individual that is initially unseen (although you can guess who it is quite easily). What follows is a series of deceitful actions, double crosses, and cover-ups.

Over the course of 90 minutes, writers Mike Langer and Tyler W. Konney attempt to create an engaging spy flick, but instead deliver a movie with a set-up and no payoff. The film merely ends just as something actually happens that could propel the plot forward. It feels more like a pilot episode than anything else. Granted, a sequel could be on the way, but one shouldn’t have to wait for a sequel. Had the writers spent more time developing a competent story and relied less on crafting an unusual narrative, “Agent Game” may have had better results.

The limp direction by Grant S. Johnson doesn’t help matters here either. It’s a poorly shot, cheaply made production set in minimal locations (a plane and a warehouse mostly) where characters blabber on (despite the fact that there’s barely any characterization here). Sure, some generic action scene/shootout will pop up here and there, but they are far from exciting. Johnson simply provides zero visual flair making the movie look decidedly bland.

As mediocre as the movie may be, the film does boast a solid cast with Mel Gibson, Dermot Mulroney, Katie Cassidy, Jason Isaacs, Barkhad Abdi, and Annie Ilonzeh. Isaacs and Gibson provide the film’s best performances in fairly limited roles, but their presence certainly helps.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.85:1 1080p. Grade: B

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. Grade: A-

Extras include a Digital copy, a DVD copy, commentary by director Grant S. Johnson, and a featurette titled “Subterfuge: Playing The Agent Game” which contains film clips, interviews, story discussions and more. 

June 2, 2022 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , ,

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