If you big, dramatic Hollywood action flicks (and who doesn’t) you probably have enjoyed some of Ridley Scott’s movies. So when I saw ads for his latest, re-uniting with Gladiator and bringing on Leonardo Dicaprio to take on some spy business in the middle east, I thought to myself “That might be okay.”

And boy, was it okay. At no point did it move into danger of being great or horrible. Scott uses what has become the Scott (he and his bro use them) signature directorial techniques, flat colors, spy satelite shots of cities and the computery-looking type setting. See Black Hawk Down. It works but isn’t remarkable. The actors were fine. The plot was not very interesting.

There’s some twists, you aren’t sure who the bad guys are and who the good guys are. Maybe that’s the point, but movies are hard to enjoy without someone to either root for or root against. The only out and out villanous character is just a name for most of the film. It did seem like it could be a fairly accurate portrayal of a CIA spook in the middle east, but I’m not an expert on that kind of thing. I am an expert on flip-flops but that’s neither here nor there.

If you can see it for free (I did), might be worth two hours of your time, otherwise wait for a dvd and a dull week night.

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