The Listening (2006)
Italy / English
Estranged by the degree of corporate influence within the largest U.S. listening station in the world, an aging NSA officer defects and mounts a clandestine counter-listening station high in the Italian alps.
Interesting factoids about spying, mediocre acting, "yeah, right" plot parts
The movie gives out lots of interesting factoids about the Echelon
spying system that the plot revolves around, which a subsequent web
search proved to be largely accurate (or, at least, largely accurate
according to one of the various hypotheses about the system).
I found the acting to be fairly weak and unconvincing, especially the
lead bad guy, but others as well. At points the acting had me thinking
I was watching some kind of B movie, although there were enough decent
actors to keep me wondering.
At several point plot issues had me going "Yeah, right." While you can
let them slide on technology issues (although one piece of technology
that plays a major role in the plot, which supposedly dates back half a
century, is particularly questionable), it was often the characters'
reactions to the situations they were in that had me wondering "Who
would actually do that if they were in such a situation?"
Overall, though, the movie kept me entertained but the draw backs only
allow me to give it a Luke warm recommendation, although I'd recommend
it more strongly to conspiracy theorists and others who dig this kind
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