When questionable government agents blackmail a former hacker and thief into stealing a code-breaking machine from a Soviet scientist espionage is taken to a new level. Bringing his old team back together, Marty leads the band of quirky geniuses into the world of spies and double-crosses.
Robert Redford (Marty Bishop), Sidney Poitier (Crease), David Strathairn (Whistler), Dan Aykroyd (Mother), River Phoenix (Carl Arbogast), Ben Kingsley (Cosmo), Stephen Tobolowsky (Dr. Brandes), James Earl Jones (Agent Abbott), Mary McDonnell (Liz).
Sneakers begins nicely with some character history that serves as introduction and development, rolling smoothly into plot setup. When the main plot shows up things get more interesting with suspense and misdirection. This film feels very smooth with nicely done transitions and a good pace that moves the story along without glossing over important points. The story finishes with a solid ending that wraps up loose ends while providing room for a sequel.
Acting was very good here as expected from such an experienced, if young, cast. The main cast all delivered well but interestingly showed their quirks in Sneakers, and it worked very well. It also kept the film interesting despite the somewhat simple plot. Aykroyd, Phoenix, Kingsley and McDonnell were all exceptional and a lot of fun.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were all enjoyable with good attention to detail and a solid feel. Action scenes were good while being fun at the same time. Dialogue had nice depth and explained much of the plot that couldn’t be presented visually, as is often the case with technology based films. Sound was good though soundtrack was a bit bland.
Overall Sneakers is an enjoyable action comedy with an experienced quality cast, good humor complimenting a simple plot, and nice attention to detail throughout. Those who enjoy a good action or spy comedy, or the main cast, should have fun with Sneakers.
With some mild violence and adult material, this should be fine for teens and above.
Star rating: 4 out of 5
Genre: Action & Adventure, Comedies, Action Comedies, Action Thrillers, Spy Action & Adventure
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