Released in 2001, Spy Game is a taut thriller directed by Tony Scott and starring Robert Redford and Brad Pitt. Arriving on Blu-ray with a bang, this movie has a strong (but familiar) transfer to go with a great story.
The movie starts with CIA operative Tom Bishop (Brad Pitt) entering a Chinese prison in disguise and after a daring bit of deception, attempting to free an as yet unnamed prisoner. Bishop is captured and his mentor, Nathan Muir (Robert Redford), is called and told that he is in trouble. This starts an international incident that has Muir embroiled in a cover-up and intrigue on his last day before he retires.
Brought in to discuss his relationship with Bishop, Muir begins to relate how he met the younger agent and brought him into the fold. Bishop was originally an army sniper that assisted Muir on an assassination op in Vietnam. Successfully completed the kill despite all odds Muir sees something in Bishop and decides to recruit the young soldier.
Playing a game with Bishop, Muir arranges to 'accidentally' meet the younger man and proposes he join the CIA. Bishop accepts and the training begins right away with Muir focusing on Bishop's perception skills and his ability to form relationships with potential assets. Bishop excels at all tasks and Muir is very impressed with his potential. Soon enough he is involving him in operations and developing assets for the CIA.
During all of these revelations Muir is working both sides of the table and trying to determine what he can do to help Bishop out of the prison. As he was on the cusp of retirement, Muir’s clearance is being phased out so he uses all of his skills to sneak documents, use alternate resources, and do whatever he can to determine how to save Bishop... if he can.