|Michael A. Maynez|
"The Spanish Prisoner"
The truth is always laced with lies, well almost always. David Mamet has taken a very deceptive title for his new venture. His 1987 flick title House of Games would have been more of and appropriate title then The Spanish Prisoner, but then he does like to play game with his fans. The title is derived from the oldest con game, and the moviegoer expecting a foreign flick will definitely be surprise at this excellent thriller.
David Mamet directs and writes this script like a magician. I when you think that you are up to his game, he throws you another red herring you were not expecting. It becomes a crafty puzzle that you desperately want to solve, but he is way ahead of the game. Sometimes almost too coincidental. That he has assembled an excellent cast, Steve Martin, really shows us that his talent has not even been tapped. You will want to see more of this comic turned serious and what a performance to admire, Campbell Scott brings such a believable naivetes to his character, that you cant help but like him.
Rebecca Pidgeon, is a complex foil, Ben Gazzara as smooth as old whiskey,
and just as beautifully blended, Felicity Huffman adds to the already overflowing,
convoluted cast, Rick Jay, and old standby for David Mamet antics in almost
all of his movies, reminds you of what actors use to strive for in performances.
But in the long run it is David Mament dialogue and his phrasing of words
that really delivered the good words, exciting words, magical words, words
loaded with duplicity and we are all richer for it. Play this game
and you will be the winner, because he shows you all the steps to really
win with aces plus.
The Spanish Prisoner
Sony Pictures Classics
Directed by: David Mamet
Produced by: Jean Doumanain