DOUBLE DOSES OF THE BOZ
Michael Butts | Martinsburg, WV USA | 04/01/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"In THE OPERATIVE, Brian Bosworth gets to play a double role...one of an ex-CIA operative screwed by the government, and a flashy Texas billionaire. While Brian will probably never see an Oscar on his mantelpiece, the durable action star has learned to at least put life into his characterizations and take the punches he so often gets. Brian is bogged down in this one though by a confusing, inarticulate script and Russian dialogue that tends to hinder the understanding of what's going on. A subplot involving an ambitious FBI agent adds a little color to the proceedings. There's enough action, however, to keep you entertained and by the end of the movie, the plot's maelstrom almost makes sense.
A good time waster, if nothing else."
Amusing, Romantic Action/Adventure Flick
Gia Maia | 08/30/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Primarily this film is action, adventure and intrigue. Crossing and double crossing. Who's allied with whom and why. But on another level, what another reviewer called bad acting is really ingenious, self-effacing humor. At heart, it's also a romance with a happy ending. I watched this film because the female lead, played by Teryl Rothery, is one of my favorite actors. She did a great job with a character who got to show more emotional range than one might expect for "the girl" in a film of this genre, but in the end (and along the way!) I enjoyed the story and the characters. Teryl's work made me pick it up and the quality of the film as a whole meant I watched the entire thing rather than fast forwarding to her scenes. (I have no patience for bad films!) The line of comedy for a film with so much "serious" intrigue and shoot-'em-up action is indeed a hard one to tread, but The Operative does it well. Worthwhile entertainment with plenty of action as well as a subtle dose of heart and humor."