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June 28, 2007



Longer review short: See it.

I watched it on DVD last night.

Since when did Ryan Phillippe become a superb actor, outgrowing his pretty-boy incarnation?

He was excellent in "Crash" but I thought that might have been a one-off.

Not so: he's for real and I'd now short-list him as one of the actors/actresses whose presence in a film makes it a want-to-see for me.

Things I liked about the film:

• The cinematography and lighting — mostly gray, green and muted, it meshed perfectly with the story, just like good film music (that also was excellent)

• The fact it was based on a true story — but it would have been equally good if it were fiction, except that you couldn't make up something so outlandish: no one would believe it could happen

• Caroline Dhavernas — I'd never before seen her in anything, having missed the late, lamented "Wonderfalls," so couldn't figure out who this excellent actress was, playing the East German-born wife of FBI agent Eric O'Neill (Ryan Phillippe)

• Chris Cooper and Laura Linney, superb as, respectively, Robert Hanssen and the FBI agent whose entire career was, in her words, "a waste" — she'd spent it trying to catch Hanssen but inadvertently (along with the entire FBI) made him (Hanssen) the point man in the search

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