Cinema: The Tailor Of Panama

Directed by John Boorman

Pierce Brosnan's Andy Osnard is the anti-Bond--a cold cynic in need of a revolution to revive his career as a secret agent. Geoffrey Rush is the anti-hero, creating an imaginary insurgency out of the rumors he picks up while fitting bespoke clothing in his elite, near bankrupt shop. There's a nice irony in the way their needs feed each other, but the movie works it too hard, and when the revolution turns real, the film finally collapses under the burden of implausibility.

--By Richard Schickel


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