This muddled comedic-thriller, which asks what spies do after the Cold War, has a few amusing political references but the indecisive tone scuttles the film.
Gene Hackman plays a former CIA agent wasting his talent in industrial espionage. He’s drafted by ‘the company’ to return a former Soviet mole (Mikhail Baryshnikov) to the Soviets – along with $2 million in Colombian drug booty.
The swap goes bad, however, sending the two former spies racing around Europe, with their embarrassed and somewhat bumbling bosses from the CIA (Kurtwood Smith) and KGB (Oleg Rudnick) in lukewarm pursuit.
Writer-director Nicholas Meyer also is all over the map with his direction and script, which begins as a thriller (complete with portentously brooding music by Michael Kamen) then shifts to a sort of screwy comedy.