Thursday, March 13, 2008

Three Days of the Condor (1975)

Three Days of the Condor is a well-made thriller by director Sydney Pollack. Robert Redford is Joe Turner, code name Condor, a CIA man who's job it is to read and analyze books to see if they have any new ideas or if they're on to anything the CIA is trying to accomplish. One day upon returning to the office after lunch he discovers all of his colleagues murdered. Turner immediately calls the head offices, and they tell him to meet his supervisor behind an alley so they can pick him up, but upon his arrival the man shoots at Turner and Turner is forced to kill him. Turner isn’t a field agent, so he has no real training in evasion or on how to stay alive, so all he can really rely upon is his gut and what he’s read in adventure stories for the government. Turner doesn't know whom he can trust or where he can hide, so he kidnaps Kathy (Faye Dunaway) in a snap decision and forces her to take him to her apartment. When Turner first tries to explain to Kathy what is really going on she of course doesn't believe a word he says, but as time goes on she begins to realize he is telling the truth and wants to help him. The two of them then roam around New York trying to keep Turner alive and trying to expose the corruption from within the CIA. Robert Redford does a fantastic job, he has many previous collaborations with director Sydney Pollack (This Property is Condemned, The Way We Were and Jeremiah Johnson) and it shows with his performance. It’s always nice to see the great Max Von Sydow as well; he plays the killer for hire and does a fantastic job as usual. A very interesting story that is very suspenseful will have you on the edge of your seat. Three Days of the Condor is definitely worth watching. Overall 3.0/4 Stars Grade = B

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