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Three Days of the Condor

Submitted by Druss on Fri, 2012-05-04 23:06

A conspiracy thriller starring Robert Redford, Faye Dunaway and Max von Sydow, Three Days of the Condor is a decent yarn for 1975. The performances are tight with special mention to von Sydow's sterling portrayal of the sinister gentleman assassin. Sydney Pollack's direction ensures that the movie works even with a weak premise. It is in many ways similar to Will Smith's Enemy of the State.

The film is an adaptation of a book titled Six Days of the Condor with the events within squeezed into a screen-friendly three days. While this might explain why the Dunaway and Redford relationship comes across as overly hurried, the main drawback to the movie is the plot. The story revolves around Redford's character (codenamed Condor) - a geek and a low-level researcher at an isolated department of the CIA - finding out that all seven of his colleagues have been murdered when he was out to get lunch. While the journey to the truth is reasonably gripping, the underlying premise along with some contrivances and plot holes water it down enough for it to not work as well as it could have. The OST is also poor.

All in all, Three Days of the Condor is an entertaining and exciting watch. But it might not leave you sated at the end.