Review

  • Warning: Spoilers
    Fairly interesting spy movie, but doesn't make much sense under close scrutiny. When a spy film is made in the James Bond vein then close analysis is superfluous, but when the movie has a pretense of seriousness then it'd better make sense. The premise isn't far-fetched, but the details are.

    We are to assume that Berger and the older blond woman were members of the secret Nazi organization. But whether they were or not, either way the movie doesn't add up. There is no satisfactory explanation as to why Segal doesn't get murdered like his two predecessors; even assuming that Berger was a Nazi and fell in love with him - and as a result Segal's life was spared - that still isn't enough, realistically, to explain his survival: especially since Sydow explicitly ordered him to be killed. If Sydow was in on it with Berger, then why would he make the whole thing appear so strange by ordering Segal's murder so that the latter can hear it? Wouldn't this only make Segal more likely to suspect that someone - perhaps Berger - was involved in releasing him? And if Segal reached that conclusion then Berger's cover would be blown. It doesn't add up. It seems that Segal didn't suspect Berger so why did he give her the wrong phone number? And if he did suspect her then why would he walk into a trap? Then there is that whole strange segment when Segal is freed to leave the Nazi base to think things over, and is followed by an armada of Nazi guys. At first they watch his every step, preventing him from making a phone call, but they let him enter the hotel unsupervised! Also, why would Segal go to check the Nazi nest by himself: if this is a serious spy film then why is he playing James Bond? This thriller is considered intelligent by various reviewers; it's probably the same people who consider "Dressed To Kill" to be an intelligent film.