On 5th May, the nail biting spy drama Unlocked will be brought to the big screen. It follows Alice Racine (Noomi Rapace), a CIA interrogator whose mission becomes compromised when she is unwittingly tricked into providing information to the wrong side. She must team up with an MI5 agent, played by Orlando Bloom to prevent a major biological attack on London. Under the watchful eyes of John Malkovich, Toni Collette and Michael Douglas, Racine must resolve her error before it causes incomparable damage. Apparently we can’t get enough of watching spies on the run, here we’ll take a look at some of the other films that see spies fleeing from the enemy.
The Bourne Identity (2002)
The first in the illustrious Bourne series, The Bourne Identity introduces us to Matt Damon’s amnesiac superspy floating in the Mediterranean equipped with gunshot wounds and no recollection of how he acquired them, or who he is. Conveniently he has managed to retain his advanced combat skills and fluency in several languages. This sets the path for an adrenaline-charged pursuit in which Bourne is tracked down by a CIA black ops program, who are determined to take him down. Doug Liman’s film is essentially an extended chase movie in which the protagonist is unsure of why he’s being pursued, nonetheless he must follow his instinct to remain on the run.
Hailed as being one of the greatest Bond films, Sam Mendes’ Skyfall sees Daniel Craig in his third turn as the beloved cultural icon James Bond. After being accidently shot by his colleague, Eve, Bond is startlingly presumed to be dead at the very start of the film. Since this twist happens about 20 minutes in, it’s not so much of a shock when Bond returns to the screen a few scenes later. He uses his presumed death as an excuse to leave his taxing job behind him and retire to a beach to take shots with scorpions. After laying low for a couple of months, Bond is forced back into action after learning of a fatal explosion at the MI6 building.
Angelina Jolie cements herself as an action heroine to be reckoned with in Salt. Jolie plays Evelyn Salt, a CIA agent who is forced to go on the run when she is accused of being a Russian sleeper agent. Salt must use her years of experience to elude capture from those who believe to have trained her. Australian director Phillip Noyce, otherwise known for the powerful Rabbit Proof Fence, takes us on a journey abundant with astonishing revelations, with each twist giving welcome excuse for another theatrical chase scene. We follow Jolie through numerous appearance changes as she tries to stay one step ahead of her CIA bosses.
Enemy of the State (1998)
Will Smith and Gene Hackman steer this classic 1998 conspiracy thriller attacking surveillance society. Smith plays Robert Clayton Dean, a Washington lawyer whose life is gradually dismantled by the CIA after he unknowingly possesses video evidence of a serious politically motivated crime. Through forces beyond his control Dean finds his credit cards cancelled, his marriage broken down and his job lost. This whirlwind of unfortunate events continues to unravel up until the point he is framed for murder. Dean enlists veteran spy, Brill, played by the incomparable Hackman, to intervene. It’s Brill who really manages to merge Enemy of the State into this list, living an undercover life in a high-tech hideaway using the skills he learned in the NSA against those who taught them to him.