The Saint (1997)


“[Simon prepares to pick the lock on the door of a Russian government building, only to find it unlocked]

I love this country.” – Simon

Number of Times Seen – Twice (Theater in ’97 and 5 Jun 2021)

Brief Synopsis – A master thief is hired to steal secret plans that should change the way energy sources are used in the world.

My Take on it – This is a fun film even if it isn’t at all deep in any way, shape or form.

Val Kilmer does a nice job as the title character and is able to make the viewer believe that he is not just a master thief, but also a master of disguise.

The story itself plays out quite weakly tho and something seems missing the whole way through that would help make it even more enjoyable to watch unfold.

The way that the story mixes in environmental issues with politics actually works quite well, even if they never are able to explain things on more than a superficial level.

Elisabeth Shue is fine her as the female lead, but it’s not so simple to believe her as a brilliant scientist by the way she is portrayed here.

There is a reason this film never reached franchse status….

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The voice of the radio announcer at the end of this movie was Sir Roger Moore, who played The Saint (1962) on British television. The announcer mentions the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), as one of the charities that have been given major donations. Moore was heavily involved with UNICEF. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)

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