Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.5.
USA/Ireland, 2001. Columbia Pictures Corporation, Merlin Films. Screenplay by Andrew Davies, John Le Carre, John Boorman, based on the novel by John le Carre. Cinematography by Philippe Rousselot. Produced by John Boorman. Music by Shaun Davey. Production Design by Derek Wallace. Costume Design by Maeve Paterson. Film Editing by Ron Davis.
Mind-numbing bore that hardly ever raises its energy level above that of a dull thud. A-list actors like Jamie Lee Curtis, Pierce Brosnan and Catherine McCormack give inexplicable performances in this supposedly political thriller about a crooked intelligence agent (Brosnan) assigned to Panama who uses the political vulnerability of the Canal for his own personal gain. Geoffrey Rush is the innocent tailor whom he befriends and recruits for high-profile contacts, and Curtis is Rush’s wife who basically does little more than flash her breasts for two hours. Don’t ask me what McCormack’s role is all about because I never quite figured it out. Both the plot and Brosnan’s character ride one monotoned wavelength and then it’s over before you’ve even felt it begin; what the film tries to convince you are plot twists and turns are really just incidents that hardly conceal a nothing plot. Rush is the real victim here, who gives a great performance but in a really bad film.