Alex is a CIA agent assigned to track down a missing stealth bomber. Along with the assignment comes his pairing with a famous, arrogant, flamboyant boxer named Kelly. While the duo tries to complete their mission they must also try to get along as well.
Eddie Murphy (Kelly), Owen Wilson (Alex), Famke Janssen (Rachel), Malcolm McDowell (Gundars), Gary Cole (Carlos), Phill Lewis (Jerry), Viv Leacock (TJ), Keith Dallas (Lunchbox), Tate Taylor (Percy), Lynda Boyd (Edna).
I Spy begins with character development behind Kelly and Alex before moving into the plot. There is some good comedy up front but as the film attempts to keep playing against the same joke they just get tired after a while. The plot here is pretty thin, particularly with respect to the two main characters which are unbelievably bigger than life most of the time. The film finally winds down with a not very surprising ending.
Acting was a mess in this one. Murphy overacted ridiculously and felt insincere most of the time. Wilson at least put some effort into things but felt like he was taking things more seriously than called for. Cole was nicely over the top while someone should have mentioned to McDowell that this was a comedy.
Camera work was mediocre at best with a couple of shots that had people out of place in the background. Sets and backgrounds were fairly well done and the film appears to have had a decent budget. Effects were mild but well done. Dialogue was campy with sparks of actual coherency. Sound and soundtrack were well done.
Overall I Spy is a mediocre attempt at creating an action comedy that never developed the comedy or much of the action and ends up as looking just plain goofy. Campy comedy fans will likely enjoy this the most while anyone wanting some depth will likely be disappointed.
With some mild vulgar humor this should be fine for teens and above.
I Spy is no longer showing in any Littleton Colorado movie theatres.
Star rating: 3 out of 5
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