Corey’s attempt to balance the mission, his day job, and convince Pam that he isn’t having an affair are also humorous. Corey has to dash out of the hotel to a bowling tournament, then home to Pam. His constantly harried look and deadpan delivery of his excuses for always running to this or that place are equally amusing.
Excluding some truly horrendous greenscreen, even by the standards of low-budget independent films, the effects are fine. The action is well directed and exciting. A dance number in a restaurant is so ridiculous yet intriguing at the same time that it is clear Mylrea had fun showing his style in that sequence. He also has a keen sense of tone, so the more dramatic moments such as Pam being pissed at Corey, as she believes he’s cheating on her, still feel authentic amid the fast-talking, silly visual gags, and slick action.
“…a keen sense of tone, so the more dramatic moments…feel authentic amid the fast-talking, silly visual gags, and slick action.”
For all the good present in Mark Famiglietti and Lane Garrison’s screenplay, it takes a wrong turn and does not recover. For the sake of not spoiling anything, I will not give too many specifics. But, of course, as with any good story treading multiple threads, things come to a head. Pam’s initial reaction is perfectly reasonable. Then once everything going on is laid bare, her attitude does not change to account for it all. It does not work and leaves the last act wholly unsatisfying.
There is a lot to enjoy about Spy Intervention. Its cast capably delivers the rapid-fire and goofy dialogue with verve. The visual gags and action are well-staged, and the movie breezes by during its 90-minute runtime. But, the plot sees a character act in a manner inconsistent both with their previous characterization and what is happening in the story. So, while the first hour of the movie is entirely worth, the ending fizzles out without much fanfare.
"…the first hour of the movie is entirely worth, the ending fizzles out without much fanfare."