Sternly disciplined and rigorously simple.
“Spartan” is not just an adjective, it’s a movie thanks to David Mamet who brings his trademark “so unrealistic, it starts to sound realistic” dialogue to this 2004 thriller. No, it’s not a prequel to “300”. This is a story of manly men (and Val Kilmer) working all night and day to rescue a girl. Which girl? Well, the movie never states it plainly, but we’re sure you can figure it out. It’s sitting at a 6.6 on IMDb, probably due to audiences expecting something like “Taken” and getting something like “The Spanish Prisoner” with more knives. Honestly, it can be a confusing movie if you’re unable to piece together the story from the bits of information it reluctantly gives you. A (David) Mamet film can be like a cold, withholding mother who doesn’t really want you to succeed because then you might move out of the house…
Oh yeah, and it co-stars Kristen Bell just as she was about to hit the big time in “Veronica Mars”. Mark loves this movie, Chad is indifferent.
Performers of note: Val Kilmer, Derek Luke, Ed O’Neill, William H. Macy, Tia Texada, and Kristen Bell.