Sunday, July 12, 2015

The Saint

10 out of 10

The Saint is a 1997 espionage thriller film, starring Val Kilmer, Elisabeth Shue and Rade Šerbedžija, directed by Phillip Noyce and written by Jonathan Hensleigh and Wesley Strick. he film was a financial success with a worldwide box office of $169.4 million, rentals of $28.2 million, and continuous DVD sales. It is loosely based on the character of Simon Templar created by Leslie Charteris in 1928 for a series of books published as "The Saint", which ran until 1983. The Saint character has also featured in a series of Hollywood movies made between 1938 and 1954, a 1940s radio series, a popular British television series of the 1960s which starred Roger Moore, and a 1970s series starring Ian Ogilvy.

This is one of my favorite movies. It shows the range that Val Kilmer has as an actor as well as features the every loveable Elisabeth Shue. It is a thriller, love story and outlines hope for the future. If you haven't seen it, worth a see. Another oldie but a goodie.

Ivan Tretiak, Russian Mafia boss who wants to create an oil crisis in Moscow and seize power as a result sends Simon Templar, great international criminal, to England to get a secret formula for cold fusion from U.S. scientist Emma Russell. That formula will give Tretiak a source of cheap energy and a lot of money as result. Templar falls in love with Emma and they try to outwit Tretiak and his guerrillas, hiding from them in Moscow.

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