Pigeon: Impossible (2009)
Lucas Martell has given us the shortest spy movie ever.
It’s good, it’s fun, it’s safe for anyone to watch anywhere.
Not sure that it needs much commentary. Let’s try… It’s set in Washington D.C. which lends it some political significance. We’ve got your classic spy movie opening music and even expanding lens shot. There’s a classic “men in black” walking awkwardly down the street à la Get Smart. We’re introduced to London-born, 9 year veteran “junior agent” CIA agent Walter Beckett whose expertise is electronics and software after training at MIT. After some initial hijinks, we get the Chekov gun red button in the nuclear football. Sidenote: the case movements are very similar to the M-blocks developed by MIT. After a theft of high-tech government technology, Washington D.C. is under attack and our daring hero must save the city. A glutenous hostage situation develops, is negotiated, negotiations break down, the location is breached and the nuclear launch hinted at previously is engaged. After the unapproved nuclear strike location is determined to be Moscow, the agent must leap into action to attempt to bring it down. His cunning adversary almost foils his attempts but a last minute inspiration by the hero clears this obstacle and our agent saves the world from WWIII. After returning to Washington, we have to wonder if he knows his opponent’s imminent demise or is merely glad the whole debacle is over. Walter walks away into a future one can only guess at involving agency chastisement, potential unemployment, potential congressional hearings, possible jail time, etc. etc.
We aren’t given the pigeon’s affiliations but it could easily be the plot of any spy movie made in any time period.