Agent Game review by Bobby Blakey
I love a good spy thriller and the director of the 2019 film Nighthawks Grant S. Johnson has assembled a great cast to try and bring something to the genre with Agent Game. The film stars Dermot Mulroney, Annie Ilonzeh, Jason Isaacs, Katie Cassidy, Barkhad Abdi, Adan Canto, Rhys Coiro and Mel Gibson. Could this flick bring the thrilling world of terrorists and espionage to life or will fail to get the information it’s looking for?
Agent Game follows Harris, a CIA interrogator at an Agency black site, who finds himself the target of a rendition operation after being scapegoated for an interrogation gone horribly wrong. As the team tasked to bring Harris in begins to question their orders and each other, Olsen, a senior intelligence officer, and his subordinate, Visser, raise the stakes. Now, it’s up to Harris and some newfound allies to uncover the truth and turn the tables.
While I never have high hopes for these straight to video releases I always keep an open mind as every so often a hidden gem pops up. I know some people still have issues with Gibson, but I am a fan and will check out anything he does good or bad. This flick is actually one of the better of this straight video releases, but still doesn’t quite work. The story is compelling and does eventually come full circle to bring it all together, you spend more time a bit lost in its convoluted arcs and style of storytelling.
I honestly assumed Gibson was going to be a quick in and out cameo like role and it sort of is, but he is ongoing throughout the film. The film even opens with him in a scene that is meant to set up the mystery of it all, but instead is a bit confusing and kind of laughable. It circles back to it later to give you the truth about what we had and it isn’t much better after the explanation. Gibson and the rest of the cast are fine and look to be giving it their all to try and create
something that works, but it never really gets out of its own way.
I wanted to love this flick and there are some good moments that elevate it to more than the usual fare, but in the end it is still pretty generic and forgettable. There will no doubt be some that enjoy it and it’s not bad by any means, but also doesn’t bring anything new to the genre that makes it a must see.
Decide for yourself and check out Agent Game available now on Blu-ray, DVD and digital from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.