Based on a true story. Wannabe-FBI-agent Eric O'Neill (Ryan Philippe) enters into a power game with his newly assigned boss, Robert Hanssen, an agent who, it seems, is selling secrets to the Soviet Union.
O'Neill will have to discover the truth by becoming Hanssen's personal assistant, and by gaining his trust. He will follow him, document every single thing he does, and spy his every moves. O'Neill will be intimidated and mesmerized by Hanssen who might be seen as his mentor.
Negative comment: The make-up on everyone (particularly Chris Cooper) at times was terribly awful and badly done. Caroline Dhavernas (O'Neill's German wife, Juliana) looked old with that make-up! And she just does not have the German accent, as her English is almost perfect - she is from Quebec.
Positive comments: Well-paced. Realistic and thought-provoking. Decent script.
The acting was not bad, certainly not the actors' best performances.
Well-directed by little-known movie director Billy Ray.
BE WARNED: If you expect a car-chase or gun-packed action movie, stay away from this.
If you like spy thrillers with a hint of psychology and history, this is a recommended film.