Accomplished espionage thriller.
The Saint has been criticised vociferously since its release in 1997. In
some reviews, it has even been likened to The Avengers as one of the most
misguided movies of all-time. However, I genuinely cannot see why this film
has aroused so much dismay among the cinema going public. As far as I'm
concerned, this is an accomplished, rousing and satisfyingly complex
The plot finds a master of disguise/super-thief, Simon Templar (Kilmer),
being hired to track down and steal a brilliant energy-saving formula. The
formula was invented by a female science student at Oxford University
(Shue), and when Templar eventually closes in on her, he finds himself
falling in love with her. Oh yes, then there's the small problem of the
swarm of Russian agents who also want the formula....
Kilmer is OK as Templar, but the character was better portrayed in previous
incarnations by Ian Ogilvy and Roger Moore. Shue, as the science whiz, is
stunningly attractive and actually manages to just about get away with the
fact that she is essentially miscast. The action scenes in the film are well
done, but this is no surprise since the director Phillip Noyce is a dab hand
at this kind of thing thanks to his work on a couple of the Jack Ryan
movies, not to mention the unbearably taut Dead Calm.
If you've never seen The Saint, I would encourage you to do so. If you've
intentionally avoided the film because of the negative reviews you may have
read, ignore them! This is huge fun!.
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very nice. val kilmer is at his best in this movie. should have been nominated for best picture..
i like this film very much a watc them over and over..
not many can step into the shoes of the saint and do a good job but i think val did.
Val and Elizabeth have great chemistry in this movie.. well done.
I just finished watching the Saint again, it's the sort of movie you
remember seeing a few years back and when you get home after a long day
at work your glad it's being re-run on TV. The plot is nothing stunning
but neither is it entirely unbelievable. Simon Templar (Val Kilmer) is
a big time con-artist/thief who operates to further his own financial
position, charm some very attractive ladies and buy himself a Volvo
that actually looks good. An ambitious Russian oil magnate hires him to
steal a formula off a gorgeous nuclear physicist. They fall in love and
Templar turns from thief into hero. I don't think this movie claims to
be anything life-changing but it's good fun if taken lightly. Kilmer
has a good turn as Templar and his various disguises and pranks along
with some bungling by a few hapless Scotland Yard detectives provide a
few laughs. The action is great fun and backed by the Chemical Brothers
and Underworld. The romance between Elisabeth Shue's character and
Kilmer's isn't bad either, they're both convincing in their own way and
there are some nice moments for sentimental folk like me. The Saint is
perfect for a quiet night with the boys, beers and some gawking at
Elisabeth Shue, it's bad not to watch with that someone special either.