Spy Intervention (2020) – Film Review

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Director: Drew Mylrea
Cast: Drew Van Acker, Poppy Delevigne, Natasha Bassett
Certificate: 15

by Roger Crow / @RogerCrow

When a covert super spy suddenly meets the woman of his dreams, he abandons his adventurous existence and settles for the security of suburbia, revelling in the quaint existence he’s never known.

A year later he is bored, though he refuses to admit it. His old secret agent friends enact a “spy intervention,” convincing him that if he returns to his old life, the adventure will enliven his listless marriage… and maybe even save the world in the process.

There’s a lot to like about this bright and breezy comedy. It has the feel of a sixties caper like Matt Helm or In Like Flint, with the flourishes of a Wes Anderson movie: animated backdrops and model planes standing in for the real thing.

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“Good job with limited resources”

It ticks over and few scenes outstay their welcome. Yes, it was made on a tight budget, and those green screen backdrops do tend to annoy at times. The cast are pretty good with Poppy Delevigne helping sell the premise, but maybe the reason I got bored was because it was a just a little too pleased with itself. There was no real sense of tension, especially during a mountain-climbing scene which was clearly shot in a studio, TV Batman style, so the actors pretend to hang precariously from a rock.

At a little over 90 minutes it’s 10 minutes too long, but while cast and crew do a good job with limited resources, it’s one of those films where the director is aiming for the cinematic bullseye, but keeps hitting low numbers instead.

A good idea though, and it’ll certainly brighten a rain-lashed day.

Spy Intervention is on digital platforms from July 27

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