Wednesday, October 3, 2007

A Still Relevant Thriller: A Rarity


His code name is Condor. In the next seventy-two hours everyone he trusts will try to kill him."

I think that the most important comment I can write about this movie is that among the older classic movie genre, a percentage of older film may lose some of its relevance to the current viewing generation. Some stories or trials portrayed in an older screen play are no longer considered in the same context as they were when they were first produced. That is the theme of this post; context, and the rarity of context enduring through decades of change.
This movie has done exactly that; endured. New movies like the Bourne Ultimatum series are good adaptations of books that were written in a different time and context. The special attribute of Three Days of the Condor is that it IS still relevant in its original form and with its original context. The suspense, the thrills, and the characters all resonate with the same intensity as new movies, even thirty-some odd years later.
For this post I will not reveal any plot spoilers or overviews, but instead will simply state that this movie is a superb spy/CIA thriller, a terrific movie, and possessed of an inspired cast.

Starring Robert Redford and Faye Dunaway. Directed by Sydney Pollack.
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