Hidden Agenda (1998) from Tuna

Hidden Agenda (1998) is an espionage thriller that is set in Berlin after the wall fell. Since this one had no surprises for me even not knowing anything about it in advance, I really don't want to write a spoiler, but the plot revolves around a disk that contains names of everyone who informed for the East German Secret police, and everyone is after it.


None. Andrea Roth has good pokies

DVD info from Amazon.

The transfer is a grainy, dark and undersaturated 4/3

For me, every plot twist was telegraphed way in advance, and they had a lot of trouble ending it as well. They did create a unique form of torture for a long scene. The victim is strapped in a chair with arms restrained, and devices are attached to his eyelids to force them open. They dilate his pupils, then turn on floodlights to torture him.  There was nothing seriously wrong with the acting, but the plot was just way too obvious.

The Critics Vote

  • Apollo 46 /100

The People Vote ...

  • IMDB summary. IMDb voters score it 5.0/10, Apollo users 38/100
IMDb guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of excellence, about like three and a half stars from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm watchability, about like two and a half stars from the critics. The fives are generally not worthwhile unless they are really your kind of material, about like two stars from the critics. Films under five are generally awful even if you like that kind of film, equivalent to about one and a half stars from the critics or less, depending on just how far below five the rating is.

My own guideline: A means the movie is so good it will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not good enough to win you over if you hate the genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an open mind about this type of film. C means it will only appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if you love the genre. F means that the film is not only unappealing across-the-board, but technically inept as well.

Based on this description, this film is a C.

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