Agent Game is a 2022 American action spy thriller about a CIA officer who finds himself the target of a rendition operation after being scapegoated for the death of an interrogation subject.
Directed by Grant S. Johnson (Nighthawks 2019; Frat Star) from a screenplay co-written by co-producer Tyler W. Konney (Money Plane; Destined to Ride; Black Water; The Assault; Altitude) and Mike Langer (Burying Yasmeen). Also produced by Nicholas Erickson.
The Taylor & Dodge-Project Infinity co-production stars Mel Gibson, Adan Canto, Jason Isaacs, Dermot Mulroney, Katie Cassidy, Rhys Coiro, Barkhad Abdi and Annie Ilonzeh.
CIA officer Harris (Dermot Mulroney) is involved in missions to detain and relocate foreign nationals for interrogation. When Harris’ superior (Jason Isaacs) is murdered, he finds himself the scapegoat for the killing of a detainee (Barkhad Abdi) and must run from a team of operatives sent to bring him in (Adan Canto, Katie Cassidy, Rhys Coiro), led by a ruthless double agent (Annie Ilonzeh)…
“There’s reliable work from the veterans, but that only gets the picture so far, and eventually gunplay makes its way into the movie, but such dependable escapism is too little, too late. Agent Game hopes to be sneaky, with twists and turns to navigate, but a vital sense of momentum isn’t present, diminishing the potential of the premise.” Blu-ray.com
“The actors are trying to give these characters a sense of distinction, and some of them are intermittently entertaining to watch, but it’s mostly a shoulder-shrug of forgettable chaos. There are more incompetent works in crafting bombastic set pieces, but Agent Game is equally frustrating for another reason entirely: it sequel-baits, assuming people will want more of this generic sludge.” 2/5 Flickering Myth
” …there is a lot of surprisingly tense intrigue, especially that focused on Bill and Harris in the black site. Eventually, screenwriters Tyler W. Konney and Mike Langer tie everything together, but viewers almost need to take notes to keep track of the various timelines. Be that as it may, Jason Isaacs and Dermot Mulroney are terrific…” J.B. Spins
“The story revolves around two separate but connected missions, confusingly paced and set non-chronologically. It seems the director and writers started with a fairly simple concept and decided the plot was too easily understood, so they created unnecessary and underdeveloped roadblocks in the narrative.” 1.5/5 Maddwolf
“To be sure, we understand who betrayed whom, who set up and is preparing to betray the present-day team, and who put in motion the whole chain events that led to all this eventual betrayal, with all of that waiting and preparing for it in the meantime. It’s simply that it doesn’t matter in any way…” 1/4 Mark Reviews Movies
In the United States, Agent Game is scheduled to be released theatrically in select locations and online by Saban Films on April 8, 2022.
Cast and characters:
Mel Gibson … Olsen
Adan Canto … Kavinsky
Jason Isaacs … Bill
Dermot Mulroney … Harris
Katie Cassidy … Miller
Rhys Coiro … Reese
Barkhad Abdi … Omar
Annie Ilonzeh … Visser
Matt Riedy … Deputy Director
Blue Kimble … Drone Pilot
Angela Lentz … Paris Patron
Sara Areyano … First Officer Martin
Nick DeKay … Lead Special Op
Paul Burke … Bundy
Gabby Kono … Dana Harbor
Mark Weinhandl … Manson
Roy Luke … Agent
Robert Bob Young … Agent
Augusta, Georgia from March to April 2021.
Mel Gibson and Jason Isaacs also starred together in The Patriot (2000).
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