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Times of India
A CIA agent who has a boring job gets the chance of a lifetime to escape her backroom drudgery and get some real action. She volunteers to go undercover and help bust some dirty deeds done by a shady arms dealer (Rawi) who wants to sell a nuke to terrorists.
Every once in a while, there comes along a spy movie that straddles the line between not taking itself too seriously and not floundering in a soup of slapstick send-ups. Spy, with its female protagonist who looks and behaves like anything but a spy (seriously!) not only carries a feminist torch in terms of attitude, but is also aided by the kind of invective-laden vocabulary that would make a sailor blush.
Susan Cooper (McCarthy, brilliant) languishes in the doldrums as far as her career is concerned. This has taken a heavy toll on her self-esteem. Making a strong visual metaphor to support this is the fact that she is consigned to the rat and bat-infested basement of the CIA's Langley HQ. Her role is to support the dashing agent Bradley Fine (Law, on point) in his various espionage activities. He is the CIA's rockstar and Cooper has a huge crush on him. She hopes that he'll see her as more than just a coworker.
Things get out of control when Fine's mission (to trace said nuclear device) is compromised and his MI6 counterpart Rick Ford's (Statham, rip-roaringly hilarious) cover is also blown. Therefore Susan, who none of the bad guys will suspect, insists that she be sent to Paris to shadow the daughter of the arms dealer, Rayna (Byrne) who has now found a buyer for the warhead, the smarmy Italian playboy Sergio (Cannavale).
Feig manages to pay homage to the spy genre as well make Spy mercilessly take the mickey out of the genre. Cooler still are the gender inversions. Three of the strongest characters - Susan, Rayna and Cooper's CIA boss Elaine (Janney) - are female. Fakhri is adequate.
Spy manages to combine humour and intelligence into one really entertaining package.
McCarthy as said in interviews that this is the most physically challenging role she has ever done. “Running, jumping, falling. I've cracked my head, I have cuts and bruises. At the end of the day I look like I fell down an elevator shaft. But I wear those wounds and thrown discs with a bit of pride,” is what she reportedly said.
Director Paul Feig reportedly knew he had no chance at a James Bond movie, so he conceptualized his own version of a spy movie.
McCarthy and Feig have worked together before in The Heat and Bridesmaids.
At a cost of $65 million, this is Paul Feig’s biggest budget film to date.
A lot of the outdoor scenes were shot in Budapest.
The final two weeks of production filming were shot on sound-stages. Of this period, the final ten days of principal photography were shot on the sound-stage featuring the gigantic CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) Communications Room. Björn Gustafsson, a Swedish comedian and rapper 50 Cent make cameos.
Martial Art forms from Philippines are used in the movie's fight sequences. Melissa McCarthy was trained in Kali by Diana Lee.
Near the end when Rick is hanging onto Susan who is hanging onto the helicopter, he pulls her boots off by accident. As Susan is walking with Nancy up to the mansion she is wearing shoes.
Agent Cooper, a 'chairborne commando' is a back-end CIA analyst who helps her partner Agent Fine on various missions that he undertakes via a wireless link with an earpiece. When he is in Bulgaria in order to interrogate the weapons dealer regarding a nuclear weapon, he accidentally sneezes and in the reflex action, Fine pulls the trigger and shoots the dealer without finding the suitcase nuke.
He then narrowly manages to escape back to the United States, with Susan's help from afar. At a briefing later on, the CIA finds out that the dealer's daughter Rayna Boyanov might know the location of her father's device, so they send Fine to infiltrate her home. However, he is intercepted and Fine is shot dead by Rayna. This angers Susan, who is in love with Fine. Before shooting and killing Fine, Rayna reveals that she already knows the identities of all the CIA's top operatives and potentiates and this includes Fine and Rick Ford, who was Fine's friend. After Fine's funeral, Susan volunteers to become a field agent. Since she never was one before, her boss Elaine Crocker gives the go-ahead as long as she does not get close to either Rayna or her contact, Italian playboy Sergio De Luca, as she could break her cover and be killed as well as scare off the suspects. Elaine's approval to send Susan ahead instead of him pisses off Ford and he quits in disgust. Accordingly, Susan is outfitted with the lamest of gear [a poison dart, anti-poison pills and a transmitting watch, the latter of which is probably the most James Bond-like of the lot] and is sent to Paris, where the agency places her to spy on Sergio.
After unexpectedly finding Ford there also, she sees an assassin working for De Luca (the assassin is played by Fakhri) exchanging his bag with a bomb; she is successful in warning him which leads to Ford throwing the bomb into the river where it explodes. Susan then follows the assassin, but he is killed during a fight with Susan when he falls off of a high rise building. Susan follows De Luca to Rome, where she meets her contact Aldo (Serafinowicz), a clumsy informant who makes inappropriate advances towards Susan. She soon decides to break her cover by going inside a casino just to retrieve more intelligence on De Luca. She instead meets Rayna, and quickly becomes part of Rayna's inner circle after successfully preventing Rayna's assassination. Gaining Rayna's trust, the two use her private plane to go to Budapest. Along the way, the pilot tries to kill Rayna, but Susan is able to subdue him and take control of the plane in time before it crashes onto the Alps. When Rayna believes Susan to be an undercover spy, Susan convinces her that her father secretly hired Susan to be Rayna's bodyguard. In Budapest, the two encounter Susan's best friend Nancy (Hart), who is sent by Crocker to make sure of Susan's condition, and Aldo. When a vehicle fires at them, Nancy tries to get Rayna to safety while Susan pursues the vehicle on a Vespa. Susan finds out that the shooter is a CIA double agent, who sold Rayna the names of the agents.
As Walker is about to kill Susan, she is suddenly shot and killed by an unknown sniper. Later, this sniper is revealed to be Agent Fine. Meanwhile, Susan and Nancy ready themselves to see the rendezvous between Rayna and a contact who intends to purchase the nuclear device at a party. The contact turns out to be De Luca's associate, who Susan chases while Nancy gets arrested for assaulting 50 Cent who was paid to perform at that event which Rayna had attended.. Susan fights De Luca in a kitchen, exposing her true identity as a spy before being killed by Fine, who is now revealed to be still alive. Fine says he is working with Rayna and is now her lover. When Rayna has Susan and Aldo locked in a warehouse, Fine goes to Susan and reveals he shot Karen Walker and that he faked his death in order to gain intelligence on the device's location by posing as Rayna's lover. Eventually, Aldo and Susan team up to escape. As De Luca tries to kill Rayna next, Ford spectacularly fails his rescue entrance, with his coat getting caught in a doorknob, and he trips and falls. This is a distraction that allows Susan to save Rayna's life yet again. De Luca escapes with the device on his helicopter, wounding Fine in the process with a gunshot in the right shoulder. Susan and Ford jump onto De Luca's helicopter, but Ford soon loses balance and falls down into the lake, leaving Susan to confront De Luca over the device. With the help of Nancy, Aldo, and 50 Cent (who has surprisingly gotten together with Nancy) in another chopper, Susan is able to kill De Luca byt hurling him out of the chopper. Susan's boss Elaine arrives to take possession of and secure the nuclear device and promotes Susan to field agent. 50 Cent takes a real-life dig at Kanye West, saying that West could never do what he just did.
Fine is treated for his wounds, and Ford takes off on a speed boat to seaside destinations, unaware he's on a landlocked lake. Rayna is arrested, but not before she and Susan jokingly exchange profane insults and we see that Rayna had a fondness for Susan. Aldo re-introduces himself as Albert, an undercover British MI6 agent who invites Susan to dinner should she ever find herself in London, which Susan accepts. Fine and Susan say goodbye and Susan declines his invitation to dinner saying she has a girls' night planned with Nancy. Before the movie ends, Susan is shown hungover and in bed with Ford, with champagne bottles and packets of beef jerky strewn around the room.
Spy is all about a CIA agent who has a boring job and gets in some real action. The film released on June 19, 2015.
Here are some reactions the film received on Twitter... Positive tweets
Saw #spy last night! What a fantastic fun film!!!! And @NargisFakhri you kicked ass! Literally..congratulations @lauriefeig ....I loved it!!
This is story of a female spy agent who does office work, is fat and not considered very bright for out door action. . By change of situation she is considered to fit a position for out door action duty because no body outside recognizes her. Due to changing situations she shows great intelligence to handle the situation and saves the day. Every body appreciates her talent, she is happy and her days are changed. Every dog has its day. A goo diction comedy film.