As he awakes for his last day before retirement, CIA operative Nathan Muir (Robert Redford) learns that his protégé, Tom Bishop (Brad Pitt), has been captured. Bishop now awaits execution in a Chinese prison and Muir has only 24 hours to save him. However, stuck in Washington, Muir’s only recourse is to influence his fellow agents who are prepared to hang Bishop out to dry. Muir must call upon all his skill to manipulate the situation as he is brought in by the agency to talk about his encounters with Bishop. SPY GAME is definitely a “guy-movie” with several exciting action sequences, plenty of suspense, and some top-notch acting. Director Tony Scott also makes good use of the camera which, in turn, consistently heightens the intensity throughout.
Typical of spy films, many violent encounters occur. Bishop also develops a relationship with a woman, and sex is implied between the two. However, the biggest offender is foul language, with 22 obscenities and 11 regular profanities. Strong obscenities in particular makes SPY GAME a loser.