Spy Movie Review: The Lack of Inventiveness in Writing Might Just be Spy’s Biggest Villain

Ram Venkat Srikar

Unbearable Collation of Spy Cliches

'This Akhil Akkineni-Surender Reddy is an unbearable collation of spy cliches’ was the headline of my review of Agent. This befits the review of Spy too, but unlike filmmakers, I don’t have the liberty to rehash and churn the same text every time.

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An Uninspiring Rehash Of Old Espionage Tropes

There isn’t an ounce of novelty here, apart from the connection to real-life history featuring the covert operations of Subhash Chandra Bose, but the way it is executed lacks the gravitas or thrill to compensate for Spy’s creative shortcomings.

A Derivative of a Million Spy Films

The problem with Spy is that every plot point feels derivative of a million spy films we have seen in the past. A RAW agent named Subhash (Aryan Rajesh) is killed in action right after capturing and terminating a terrorist named Kadhir Khan.

Its Runtime Feels like a Lifetime

When Kadhir Khan rises back from hell, Jai is tasked with terminating the terrorist and unearthing the real truth of his brother’s death. This might sound interesting as a one-liner, but the way it has been developed into a feature-length screenplay, makes its 135-minute runtime feel like a lifetime. 

Visuals are a Metaphor for a Screenplay without Focus

Does the film make up for the flaws in writing with visual finesse and moments that give a high? I really wish. I’m willing to let go of a few patchy VFX shots and even low-resolution drown footage in some key scenes, but master shots missing focus in key scenes is just... sad. I guess shots without focus are a metaphor for a screenplay without focus.