BEING renamed for other parts of the world and being released simultaneously on demand and in just a few cinema screens are usually very bad omens for a movie.

Thankfully, The Negotiator – or Beirut, depending on your geography – defies those ominous signs.

With co-star Rosamund Pike, Hamm brings some humanity and gravitas to a sometimes rather plodding drama

Instead, we get a taut spy thriller, furthering my opinion that Jon Hamm is not being given a fair chance to break free of Don Draper.

With co-star Rosamund Pike, Hamm brings some humanity and gravitas to a sometimes rather plodding drama.

Both leads are incredibly watchable.

We join Mason Skiles (Hamm) in 1972, as he is caught up in a terrorist attack.

Ten years later, he is a drunk corporate mediator who is invited to Beirut and reluctantly accepts a mission by the CIA.

Corruption and government loyalties are all called in to question as, together with his wonderfully named attaché Sandy Crowder (Rosamund), he must attempt to swap a kidnapped agent for the leader of a terrorist cell.

Blending elements of Argo and Bourne, and penned by Rogue One writer Tony Gilroy, you could do worse.


THE NEGOTIATOR (15) 107mins

★★★☆☆


 

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