The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Film Reviews - MICHAEL DWYER

Di­rected by Billy Ray. Star­ring Chris Cooper, Ryan Phillippe, Laura Lin­ney, Den­nis Hays­bert, Kath­leen Quin­lan 12 cert

Phillippe im­pres­sively plays a young FBI trainee agent planted as a mole to mon­i­tor and ex­pose Robert Hanssen (the ex­cel­lent Cooper), a se­nior agent sus­pected of es­pi­onage in this fas­ci­nat­ing, fac­tu­ally based thriller. Writer-di­rec­tor Ray suc­ceeds in tak­ing a story where the end­ing is known from the out­set and in­fus­ing it with pal­pa­ble ten­sion through­out. (avail­able ex­clu­sively at Xtra-Vi­sion)

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