Denzel Washington plays one badass sociopath, murderer, traitor and still manages to steal screen time from all of those around him and to be charming to boot. This includes Ryan Reynolds (Matt Weston) whose character is along for the ride and a backdrop for Tobin Frost’s (Washington’s) driving escape from the CIA. Julian Assange anyone? (Not that we know if Assange is guilty whereas we know Frost is.) The script by David Guggenheim is one dimensional in that the film is about Frost’s running from the CIA and from Weston, the “housekeeper “of a safe house, who is meant to guard Frost. Frenzy is what this movie really is about.
A few of Mailer’s graphs are now in Harvard’s Houghton Library as its curator, Leslie Morris, saw value in my archive and purchased it after Mailer’s death.