Sneakers (1992) – Encore Review


“There’s a war out there, old friend. A world war. And it’s not about who’s got the most bullets. It’s about who controls the information. What we see and hear, how we work, what we think… it’s all about the information! ” – Cosmo

Number of Times Seen – At least 10 times (Twice in theater in ’92, Video, DVD, 6 Dec 2014 and 3 May 2020)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – A team of security experts get in over their heads when they steal the ultimate codebreaker for a government agency.

My Take on it – This is a film that I actually saw twice in the theater because I enjoyed it so much when it came out.

The themes and ideas of this film were way ahead of their time and it’s much more relevant and poignant to today’s world because it is so relatabel to almost everyone and not just those that deal with technology an security.

The film has an amazing cast led by Robert Redford.

He is helped by Sidney Poitier, Mary McDonnell, Dan Aykroyd, River Phoenix, Timothy Busfield, Ben Kinsley and David Strathairn.

Redford does a wonderful job guiding the cast through the various loops of the story really well.

The characters are all quite unique in their personalities and each have their own quirks which is so helpful in developing them so well.

The story itself is a quest to try and unravel a conspiracy and it goes in directions that one might not expect which enhances things so much.

The story is paced really well and they are able to raise the suspense level over and over in order to help things move along as the story gets more and more thrilling along the way.

The music by James Horner is great and adds so much to the conspiracy theory feel of it all.

Bottom Line – Amazing story that works even better now because everyone understands the idea of technology so much better than people did nearly 30 years ago. The cast is superb and Redford plays the lead so well as he guides the rest of them through this whole process. The characters are all very unique and each have their own quirks that helps make them so well developed along the way. The story deals with how one can try to unravel a conspiracy that goes places that one might not expect. The pacing of things is great and they know how to raise the suspense level as things move along because of the way that things get more and more thrilling. Excellent theme music by Horner. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – When Martin (Robert Redford) and Cosmo (Sir Ben Kingsley) attempt their initial prank at the beginning of the movie, the façade building seen is the famous Hill Valley clock tower from the Back to the Future (1985) trilogy. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10) (no change from original review)

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