The Tailor of Panama
The previews for The Tailor of Panama made it look like a very good action/thriller.
Unfortunately, it also gave away some of the plot twists. To make matters worse,
the trailer is actually much more entertaining than the movie itself.
Andy Osnard (Pierce Brosnan) is a secret British agent who has done a few too
many things wrong. Now, to get him out of the way, they're sending him to Panama
on a new mission. Osnard enlists the help of Harry Pendel (Geoffrey Rush), who
is in desperate need of some cash. But Harry only gets paid if he comes up with
something juicy for Andy.
So he makes it up.
Harry has married a rich American woman (Jamie Lee Curtis), and kept his past
secret from her for fear of losing her. Andy, who knows everything, threatens
to tell her everything if Harry doesn't cooperate. And so begins this tale of
lies, sex, and intrigue.
Widely touted as "a suspense thriller for adults," I can honestly say (as an
adult) that even most adults would not enjoy this film. Nothing really happens
until the final act, and by that time you're so bored out of your skull that
you don't care. There are no thrills, no excitement, not even some cheaply done
action sequences to tide you over.
The only saving grace of this film are the actors. Brosnan's Andy Osnard is
pretty much the exact opposite of James Bond, and it's nice to see him playing
a character like this. Geoffrey Rush is just such a good actor that it seems
impossible for him to turn in a bad performance. Here, however, he seems a little
dryer than usual, though still good.. Curtis's character seems like it could
have been deleted, and only referenced, and there would have been the same effect.
Other supporting actors include Brendan Gleeson, Catherine McCormack, Leonor
Varela and Harold Pinter.
I was really looking forward to seeing this movie. The cast, the trailer, and
the premise all sounded like it could have been great. I must say, I was very
The picture and sound are good, but I've seen better. The picture is in 2.35:1
anamorphic widescreen, and the audio is 5.1 Dolby Digital. Extras include a
director's commentary, a conversation with Pierce Brosnan and Geoffrey Rush,
an alternate ending (not nearly as good as the one in the film), and the usuals.
The Tailor of Panama, from Columbia Tristar Home Entertainment
109 minutes, anamorphic widescreen (2.35:1) 16X9 enhanced, 5.1 dolby digital
Starring Pierce Brosnan, Geoffrey Rush, Jamie Lee Curtis and Brendan Gleeson
Screenplay by Andrew Davies and John Le Carre and John Boorman
Produced and Directed by John Boorman.
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