[…] The basic story, as I recall, is about a secret agent who resigns, angrily, and is then kidnapped and taken to an odd little village. He’s pressured in various ways to explain why he resigned, but will not say. He doesn’t know if he’s a captive of his own people or an enemy power. Everyone has numbers instead of names. Number 2 is the visible person in charge, but he gets replaced just about every week because he always fails to get answers out of Number 6. There’s someone else, who is never seen, calling the shots. That power setup sounds a bit like Noir106 – maybe we need another Jack. […]
While it s impressive for Pacino to play the Jack we do know, he plays the Jack many don t know with a wry wit that makes an appealing character, even if you don t agree with assisted suicide. A great scene involved Pacino delving a subtle verbal blow to protesters outside his apartment building.