Spartan (2004)

Another new R1 DVD is Spartan, due for a UK cinema release later this year. Val Kilmer plays an undercover agent working for a shadowy agency, and the plot involves a bid to rescue the President’s kidnapped daughter. It’s written and directed by David Mamet in a confusing Michael Mann-lite sort of way, and there’s a fine supporting cast including Bill Macy and Ed O’Neill. There’s also an impossible twist about an hour in to the movie which probably makes no sense but keeps you on your toes.

The DVD is basic but well-made, with the only notable extra being a solo commentary by Kilmer, who loves everyone involved and is obviously keen to put his ‘difficult’ image to rest.

Mild Peril Rating: ★★★☆☆

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