David Mamet writes and directs the political thriller Spartan. Respected Secret Service agent Robert Scott (Val Kilmer) is assigned to the kidnapping case of Laura Newton (Kristen Bell), the missing daughter of a high-ranking political figure. Scott is teamed up with rookie Curtis (Derek Luke). Aided by the FBI and the CIA, the team discovers a human trafficking operation that may lead to Laura's kidnappers. Meanwhile, political operative Stoddard (William H. Macy) refuses to cooperate with the rescue mission. Scott and Curtis are forced to quit the investigation when the media reports Laura's death. Believing her to be alive, Curtis is motivated to start up a dangerous unofficial investigation of his own. Spartan premiered at the Bangkok International Film Festival in 2004. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi
So while the hostage, presumably the first daughter, is rescued (oh come on, you knew she would be), where's the fall out from the crises? A presidental father whom finally realizes the cost of his ways? An unsavory group that just by chance kidnaps the first daughter and sells her to a terrorist ring would've made for a more action oriented movie. Where's the resolution concerning those folk? The political powerheads trying to contain the crisis by making sure the first daughter isn't found alive after being reported dead? Where's the resolution concerning these folk? A lot of loose ends and unfinished business if you ask me. Acting was okay enought for a matinee or rental price... KB
This movie had the potential to be a season of "24." It's exposition is awkward, but the body of the movie keeps you engrossed. It's Val Kilmer doing more than was handed to him in script. Don't blink or you'll miss the denouement. This is a good "I don't know what I want to watch" movie.
Want to see Kilmer at his best? "Felon." Rent it.