Phillippe’s “come hither” look was too much for Cooper to resist.

Theatrical Release Date: 02/16/2007
Director: Billy Ray
Cast: Chris Cooper, Ryan Phillippe, Laura Linney

This is more and more of a unique film as I think about it after the fact. Why? Because going into it I knew who was going to do what and how it was going to end (for the most part). But I still wanted to go see it partially for the story, and more so because of the cast which is top shelf.

So if you’ve seen the trailers, you know what’s coming. Eric O’Neill (Phillippe) is an up and coming FBI noob looking to become a full on agent. He’s tasked to assist / investigate Robert Hansen (Cooper) under some pretense. He confronts his superior (Linney) to the purpose of such when it is revealed that he is a traitor and has been passing information to the Russians for many years. From there it’s revealing the case against him and trying to catch him in the act in order to maximize the time behind bars for Hansen.

Again, this is all information that you have from the trailers released in the past few months.

Guess what? Hansen gets caught. The official tag line for the film is: Inspired by the true story of the greatest security breach in U.S. history. So even knowing what’s going to happen and how it’s going to end, it’s still an enjoyable movie.

Two things make this film. First is the more than capable cast. Second is the fact that this is very real and happened not too long ago.

There really isn’t much more to this movie, and that furthers what it seems to try and accomplish. By presenting a more normal and less artsy ambiance, the film leaves less to the imagination and gives one the sense that this is more fact than fiction.

I’ll give it a strong 3 only because it’s not compelling enough to want to see it again because of all the known things. I almost feel like I’ve seen it twice thanks to all the previews and the reading I’d done on the matter in the past.