September 22, 2007 at 6:20 pm | Posted in Film Review | Leave a comment
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Sep 22, 2007 by Film_Hanger

Based on the true story of FBI Intelligence Analyst Robert Hanssen – who from 1979 to 2001 passed secrets to the Soviet Union.

This film follows the months in 2001 when the FBI suspect that Hanssen is the ‘mole’ and place FBI Investigative Specialist Eric O’Neill close to him. O’Neill is not told the real reason why Hanssen is being investigated and this initially leads to divided loyalties; and O’Neill forces his handler to tell him the truth.

The film explores loyalty at a personal level – O’Neill’s marriage is placed under great strain, as he cannot tell his wife the reason’s for his strange comings and goings. Why Hanssen who is deeply religious and apparent contemptious of the godless Soviet system yet spies for them is briefly explored: a combination of money and generally annoyance that he is ignored by the gun toting political bureaucrats

The film held my attention, but at times I found that it was not very believable. O’Neill has to lie to his wife and Hanssen – constantly. At time, the lies would not stand up to close scutiny. The pager that O’Neill’s handler gives him promises to blow his cover everytime it goes off.

I can’t help comparing this film with The Falcon and the Snowman, which I felt was slightly better.



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