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Robert Ludlum?s Covert One: The Hades Factor
Stephen Dorff, Mira Sorvino, Blair Underwood
Directed by Mick Jackson
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment 2006
160 minutes

Robert Ludlum's Covert One: The Hades Factor is a convoluted, long and drawn-out spy thriller DVD about terrorism and biological warfare. Based on a book by Robert Ludlum (known for convoluted, long, drawn out spy novels) The Hades Factor fails to make an impressive jump from the written word to the big screen.

The Hades Factor is a Covert One chronicle, with Stephen Dorff in the role of Colonel Jonathan Smith. Smith has retired from the Covert One agency (a group of elite intelligence agents who report directly to the President) to try and lead a normal life with his wife. He is dragged back in to the agency life and must try to solve a bio-terror mystery in order to save the United States, and himself.

Although the idea behind Robert Ludlum's Covert One: The Hades Factor is bone chilling, and this should be an eye-opener, the weight of it is too much.  There is too much story in this spy thriller DVD, moving from one location to another, connecting too many dots, and I got lost.  It was a chore to try and follow, and I almost needed to pull out a pen and paper so that I could take notes to keep up.

The list of actors in Hades Factor unquestionably impressive, with Mira Sorvino as an exiled Covert One agent, Angelica Huston as the President of the United States, and Blair Underwood as a high ranking Covert One Agent, joining Dorff in the line up.  However even with all this talent, the movie cannot be brought back from the confusing jumble it is.  I found that Sorvino fell short with her performance, with her mono-expression not conveying any message at all.

Overall, I would say that Robert Ludlum's Covert One: The Hades Factor is not good – it is just too long (2 hours and 45 minutes), and too confusing.  Perhaps the book would be a better choice.