Hidden Agenda

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  • R
  • 1999
  • 1 hr 41 min
  • 4.5  (420)

Hidden Agenda is a 1999 political thriller movie directed by Marc S. Grenier. The movie is based on an interesting premise where a young lawyer, Jason Enola (played by Kevin Dillon), is hired by the FBI to covertly spy on a group of activists suspected of planning a terrorist attack in the United States. The activists are protesting against the WTO, and the FBI suspects that a bombing campaign may be in the works.

The main protagonist, Jason Enola, is first introduced as a burnt-out lawyer who not only hates his job but also struggles to pay off his student loans. Out of desperation, he takes the FBI job as an informant for a handsome salary to funnel information about the activist group to his FBI handler, Anne Lewis (played by Andrea Roth). The activists, including Elias Glatman (played by J.T. Walsh), are portrayed as well-meaning individuals who are willing to go to extreme lengths to bring attention to their cause. They don't condone violence and share a passion for change. They advocate for workers' rights, environmental causes, and an end to global corporations' exploitation of the poor.

However, things take a dark turn when members of the activist group are abducted and tortured in secret by the FBI, who will stop at nothing to prevent a terrorist attack. Jason finds himself caught between his loyalties to the FBI and to the activists. As he gathers more information and connects the dots, he realizes that the FBI is involved in a bigger conspiracy, and he doesn't know whom to trust.

The movie raises important questions about civil liberties, government surveillance, and covert operations. It shows how, in the name of national security, authorities can trample on the very rights they are supposed to protect. It explores the role of media in shaping public opinion and how powerful interest groups use their influence to suppress dissent. The movie also delves into the gray area of morality, where seemingly good people can justify nefarious actions by invoking the greater good.

The performances in the movie are excellent, with Kevin Dillon delivering a convincing portrayal of a conflicted man who is torn between his conscience and his obligations. Andrea Roth's character is a portrayal of a driven FBI agent who believes that the end justifies the means. J.T. Walsh's performance is outstanding as always, adding depth and nuance to his character.

The movie is not without its flaws, however. Some of the scenes feel contrived, and the pacing is a bit uneven. The climax is somewhat predictable and clichéd, with an explosive revelation that feels anticlimactic. Nonetheless, the movie manages to deliver a solid if slightly predictable story that keeps the viewers engaged.

Overall, Hidden Agenda is an engaging and thought-provoking thriller that raises important questions about government surveillance, civil liberties, and the role of media in shaping public opinion. The movie's strongest aspect is its well-written characters, who manage to keep the viewers invested in their fates. Despite its flaws, Hidden Agenda is a movie that is worth watching for anyone interested in political thrillers.

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    4.5  (420)