I'm probably one of 12 people in this country who didn't notice when the Robert Hanssen-getting-busted-for-espionage thing went down in 2001 (I slept a lot that year). However, I did manage to catch part of the 2002 made-for-TV miniseries, which starred William Hurt as the FBI turncoat. (Unfortunately, that put me back to sleep.) Here, now, is Breach, the same story of Hanssen's infamous treachery, this time given a proper Hollywood treatment—one that kept me alert and attentive, despite already knowing how it would end.

Chris Cooper (American Beauty) stars as Hanssen, who is under surveillance for peddling secrets to the Soviets, while Ryan Phillippe (Crash) and Laura Linney (Love Actually) portray members of the FBI task force attempting to bring him down. Typically, I don't care for either Cooper or Phillippe, because the former often portrays vile men, and the latter is never convincing in his roles. Both are equal to their tasks in Breach, however, as they humanize the characters they play. Linney shows yet again why she's probably the big screen's best hard-shelled, soft-hearted actress.

Despite a deliberate pace, there are some intense moments as Hanssen nearly uncovers the plot to catch him. This is no Bourne Identity or Mission: Impossible (thank goodness), but the realistic characters make it, instead, a rooted spy flick.

Whether or not you saw or remember the headlines when it went down, this retelling is well made and worth a watch, and as a bonus, the DVD special features include a Dateline segment that aired a month after Hanssen's arrest.

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