Monday, 30 May 2016

The Falcon and the Snowman (1985)

The true story of a disillusioned military contractor employee and his drug pusher childhood friend who became walk-in spies for the Soviet Union.

An otherwise interesting story is treated mysteriously indifferent. It's not ever clear what the point's supposed to be.

On renewed viewing: Good performances, well-made, but one still wonders about the protagonists' (and the director's) motivations.

Halliwell (no star): "A true case is made to seem not merely impossible but uninteresting by flaccid cinematic treatment."

Maltin**1/2: "Much food for thought, but we never get to share Hutton's feelings, and that keeps this well-made film somewhat aloof. Standout: Penn's performance as a desperate, amoral, drugged-out kid."

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