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The Bricklayer (2023) | Transcript

An ex-CIA agent is reactivated when an extortionist targets the agency
Aaron Eckhart in "The Bricklayer" (2023)

Genre: Action, Thriller
Director: Renny Harlin
Stars: Aaron Eckhart, Nina Dobrev, Clifton Collins Jr., Tim Blake Nelson, Ilfenesh Hadera

Plot: Retired CIA assassin Steve Vail (Aaron Eckhart), living a quiet life as a bricklayer in Greece, is lured back into his old world when a rogue operative named Radek (Clifton Collins Jr.) begins blackmailing the agency by assassinating foreign journalists and framing the CIA. International tensions skyrocket, and the agency’s director, O’Malley (Tim Blake Nelson), desperately seeks Vail’s unique skillset to track down and eliminate Radek.

Hesitant at first, Vail eventually accepts the mission, driven by a mix of patriotism and personal demons from his past. His investigation leads him down a dark and dangerous path, forcing him to confront his own troubled history with Radek and a deep-seated conspiracy within the CIA itself.

Along the way, he reunites with his former colleague and ex-lover Tye (Ilfenesh Hadera), who is now the local station chief. While she is initially skeptical of Vail’s motives, the two must learn to trust each other again as they navigate the treacherous web of lies and betrayals.

The film is an action-packed thriller with plenty of twists and turns, keeping you guessing until the very end. As Vail closes in on Radek, he uncovers a shocking truth about the conspiracy and must make a life-or-death decision that will not only determine the fate of the CIA but also his own redemption.

Here are some additional details about the film:

• It is based on the 2010 novel of the same name by Noah Boyd.
• It was directed by Renny Harlin, known for his films “Die Hard 2” and “Cliffhanger.”
• The film received mixed reviews from critics, who praised the action sequences but criticized the predictable plot and generic characters.

Parental advisory: The Bricklayer is rated R for strong violence and language.

Release date: The Bricklayer was released on January 5, 2024 in the United States by Vertical Entertainment.

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The Bricklayer (2023) official trailer:

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[eerie score plays]

[car horn]

[knocking on door]

[door unlocking]

[Greta] I’m alone, just as we agreed.

Of course you are.

You’re very ambitious… and you know this story is gold.

Did you bring it?

You’re no fan of US intelligence.

You’re a little short on the details.

It’s a good thing we met.

[mysterious score]

How did you…

Does it matter? They’re real.

No, you can’t have them.

Yes, you can take photos.

This type of scandal could destroy the US.

Yes.

Many will die.

[score becomes ominous]

But you called me.

You want this story out there.

I do.

But unfortunately for you… I want to be the one to do the telling.

Is the CIA murdering journalists?

German journalist Greta Becker was found dead in a Greek hotel.

Sparking protests across Europe.

The third such murder in a month.

Miss Becker was an outspoken critic of US intelligence activities abroad.

Greek Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs…

Kostas Leontaris, pulled no punches when asked about the incident.

For decades, the United States has shown zero regard for the sovereignty of other nations.

But the days of the CIA treating Europe like the Wild West are over.

[Kate] Hey.

It’s nice of you to show up.

I like to work at night.

Because you have no life?

Because it’s easier to focus.

What have you got for me?

Jack and shit.

The hotel Greta Becker was staying at has no CCTV so I’ve scanned the streets around and the train station opposite.

Nothing.

I did see a nun traveling with a full drum kit.

That was a new one.

Hey, I said I already checked those.

I know. But I might see something you didn’t.

[score intensifies]

[whispers] Holy shit.

Sir, I’ve been trying to reach you.

Check your email.

I’m in the middle of breakfast.

This is urgent.

What am I looking at?

Security footage.

Thessaloniki train station, two days ago.

Our guys already combed this.

Why are you wasting my time?

Because they missed this.

Victor Radek.

Have you told Thessaloniki?

I haven’t told anyone.

What do you know about him?

Most of his files were redacted.

Civilian born in Greece but grew up all over.

Died eighteen months ago.

But they never did find his body.

He was a covert CIA operative working as an intermediary between the Russian and Greek Mafias.

Who ran him for us over there?

[traffic sounds]

[“No Blues” by Miles Davis]

Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah.

Yeah, we’re on it.

We’re on it.

Yeah, well, if we had more guys, it would help.

Yeah, I… Yeah, hold on a sec.

Can I help you?

Steve Vail.

So?

I’m the bricklayer.

[Jazz music continues]

[O’Malley] He’ll have the number five with provolone and some of that fancy aioli.

But hold the peppers. It aggravates his indigestion.

What do you want?

Can’t an old friend stop by to say hello?

Is that what we are?

Friends, enemies.

In our business, there’s no distinction.

Someone’s trying to blackmail the CIA.

They’re sending messages with bodies attached.

All journalists who have made careers going after U.S intelligence abroad.

They’re trying to make it look like the CIA is doing the killing.

Whoever’s doing the blackmailing possesses classified information that could bring down our entire global network.

We think it’s Victor Radek.

Radek’s one of the most dangerous men I’ve ever known but he never killed innocents.

I watched him die.

None of this tracks.

Recognize this pretty face?

Boris Popov.

Russian smuggler, bad breath.

Two years ago, Popov died in a boating accident outside of the port of Thessaloniki.

Accident.

Right.

Popov was a hit performed by Radek commissioned by the CIA.

This photo of Popov was found at the scene of Greta Becker’s murder.

You know what this means, don’t you?

It means Radek is back…

And he’s got secrets to tell.

This is no longer just a cursory fact-finding.

We need to bring him in.

That’s why I want you to go to Greece with her.

What?

Sir-

You’re joking.

You know his habits, contacts, networks.

I can brief someone else.

Someone with more experience.

We don’t know who’s compromised.

Right now, only the three of us know that Radek is alive.

It stays that way.

Look I’m persona non grata with the agency I can’t even enter Greece legally.

This isn’t sanctioned, Vail.

We’re doing it off the books.

You’ll be working around the Greeks and Interpol as well as our own people.

Sir, I really think that you should reconsider sending someone a little bit more credentialed.

I agree.

She wouldn’t last 24 hours on the ground.

I was talking about you.

Enough.

This is your fuck up Vail

and you need to fix it.

Before he starts coming for you.

Unless, of course, you want to do it for your country.

I’m done with my country.

Fix your own fucking mess.

[Kate sighs]

[Sylvie] Uncle Vail!

[Woman] Careful, Sylvie!

[sad score]

[Radek] This is called a trowel.

This is a bricklayer’s most important tool.

She’s a natural.

[Muffled talking]

[Sylvie] Wait, wait, let’s take a photo.

Alright.

[laughter and muffed talking]

[gun shot]

[intense score]

[whispers] What?

Who do you work for?

Radek sends his regards!

Surprised you changed your mind.

Cut yourself shaving?

Had a visit from some old friends.

Oh, you brought your tools.

Can you at least pretend to take this seriously?

I never do a job without my tools.

That makes zero sense.

We’re going on a manhunt, not building a chimney.

If you understood everything I said you’d be me.

Miles Davis.

Greatest jazz musician of all time.

I don’t listen to music.

You’re joking.

It’s a big assignment for you.

First time in the field.

No supervisors.

I’m the supervisor.

Listen.

I’m here to find Radek. I’ll give you reports every day.

Just give me space to do my thing.

Everything goes right, you just might end promoted.

It’s really funny.

I’ll likely get blacklisted working with you.

Why are you here?

Because I believe in what we’re doing.

Of course you do.

Everybody wants to be a spy.

Until they realize the cost.

Lost years.

No time for friends, family, relationships pets.

Not an issue for me.

All right. [Clears throat]

Let’s go over the operations briefing on our way over.

Looks like we’re landing at 04…

[eerie score]

Time to wake up.

[“Down” by Miles Davis]

Still Miles Davis.

We’re landing.

You drive.

Take the next exit.

The GPS says to stay on this road.

Yeah, well I gotta take a a gentlemen’s break.

[score intensifies]

[Vail] Pull inside.

What?

Before they shoot us.

Where the fuck are you taking us?

How do you like my pop-up?

Good to see you kid!

You too, old man.

What is going on here?

You’re looking good.

Yeah, lots of hot yoga.

[Patricio] Lovely to meet you, Kate.

Vail has told me nothing about you.

He’s told me nothing about you either.

Patricio is my outfitter.

He’s with the agency?

He’s family. We served together.

So you’re American?

Only when I need to be.

Oh, bless you, sweet man.

What is that? Drugs? You brought drugs on the CIA transport?

No, you don’t understand.

You can’t get this shit in Europe.

New kind of cancer treatment.

Oh, I’m sorry, I didn’t know.

Here we go.

Come on, baby.

Hey, baby, there you are.

How you doing, girl?

She loves to hide under the office.

Must be the rats.

Here you go.

The dog. The drugs are for the dog.

Vail?

This wasn’t authorized.

This entire op, isn’t authorized.

You know what I mean.

You can’t just switch it up on me like this.

Wanna fly under the radar, this is how you fly.

You can’t make that decision on your own.

You wanna find Radek?

We need to do it the right way.

You mean your way.

You called me. This is how I work.

Can you reset us? Top to bottom?

Let’s go.

What is this?

You got a new look.

Am I to sell Louis Vuittons?

This is way too high-end for middle-class tourists.

We’re losing those covers.

My name’s Torrance. I’m a shipping magnate. You’re my wife.

So now we’re married?

That’s the only way to sell it. You’re too old to be my girlfriend.

Cell phones, passports, credit cards, driver’s licenses.

I even put an iTunes gift card in there for you.

She doesn’t like music.

Very romantic. Thank you.

Glock 45 full size.

Serial numbers wiped.

19 round mags.

I’ll take two, please.

How about you? Or is this not authorized either?

This one won’t bite too hard.

I’ll take this one.

[dramatic score]

Here.

Oh, a little less cologne next time.

Yes, ma’am.

And for the final touch.

Hey, Rabbit.

Bring in the rosebud.

Mercedes CLS AMG V8 biturbo engine.

I bored it out to seven point two liters, adding 550 horsepower.

Beefed up brakes and suspension… reinforced the front and rear fascia.

Added auxiliary fuel tank and radar detector.

There’s no airbags.

So drive safe.

No promises.

Thank you, Patricio.

Have a great trip.

You know how to reach me if you need me.

What you don’t like dogs either?

Don’t wipe your hands on the car.

[uplifting score]

Who’s paying for all this?

Your favorite uncle, Sam.

I’m not going to even ask.

That’s probably best.

Why don’t you go clean up and we’ll regroup?

Clean up?

Yeah, we’ve been traveling for 15 hours.

And we need to look our best for where we’re heading.

Thought you might want to take a shower.

I was being considerate.

Thanks.

I guess I could use a shower.

I’ll order some food.

Make it quick.

Yes, you got fries.

Vail?

Vail?

[harmonious score plays]

[muffled talking and laughter]

This came today, and its a good package.

For your collection. It’s my favorite. I listen to it all the time.

I brought you something, too.

Grizzly Pines, Montana.

Possible resettlement location.

Is it oceanfront?

Adjacent.

[Greek orthodox prayer]

[music and chattering]

Sorry to interrupt.

There is a Hellenistic Revival piece over here you absolutely must see.

The world thinks the CIA is killing journalists.

You’re out hobnobbing. Damn irresponsible, don’t you think?

Its called networking.

What are you doing here?

I miss Greece.

You don’t look happy to see me, Tye.

The police are still looking for you.

Oh I don’t think I’m in any danger of being outed in this crowd.

Unless you want to turn me in.

You know, Kostas already suspects the US is running among here.

One call to him, they’d name an island after me.

Wow. Foreign minister on speed dial.

You’ve certainly moved up in the world since I last saw you.

I’m sure the agency would be interested to know you’re back in town.

Well, I got a bigger trophy for them.

Victor Radek.

Radek is dead.

Not anymore. The agency believes he’s the one behind its current PR problem.

O’Malley sent you.

Mhm.

Why aren’t they sharing their intel?

They think there’s a mole.

Radek’s supposedly in possession of some doomsday intel.

You know what it is?

Well, you seem to know a lot more than I do.

Which is pretty frustrating, considering I’m head of fucking station.

I heard. Congrats.

Look, I’m here because need your help.

Radek and I used to throw cash to an off-shoot gang when we needed dirty work done.

We dealt with a guy called Sten.

You’ve been gone too long.

Sten is now Denis Stefanopoulos.

He got clean?

No, he got smart. He runs the Boheme Club out on the beach.

That’s quite the jump for him, too.

Seems I should have stuck around. I might be president.

So long Tye.

Wait.

If Kostas finds out you’re here, he’ll make an example of you.

He’s running his own investigation, just wait until I get his next brief.

We can crack this together.

You don’t get to ask me to wait anymore.

I did it once.

[club music]

Torrance.

Look at you, Sten.

Hey, got yourself one of these.

It’s Mr. Stefanopoulos now.

And yes, I’ve been very fortunate.

Some gambles have paid off.

A lot has changed since you disappeared.

Oh, I didn’t disappear.

I just had other appointments to keep.

Where’d you go?

Didn’t you hear I got married?

Spent the last six months on honeymoon.

First Malaysia, then the Galapagos.

Even did a few weeks in Jawbone, Kentucky.

Well, congratulations are in order then.

Come on. Come on in. Come on, sit down, have a drink.

I’m looking for Radek.

Radek’s dead. You know that.

Sure. You know what they say about Balkan men.

They never really die, they just smell that way.

Business looks good. Too good for you to be doing this all alone.

There’s gotta be a partner somewhere behind those velour ropes.

Just want to talk to him, that’s all.

I told you what you already know.

He’s dead.

Stick with that, then.

I’m not some small-time punk you can just push around anymore.

I’m a respected businessman.

My word means something.

Yeah, you look the part.

Except your suit jacket’s about two sizes too big.

And I still see prison ink on half your boys here.

Here’s a tip, guys.

You don’t leave the top four buttons open you might as well not wear the shirt.

Judging by the cigar smoke, you still don’t know a Cohiba from a Don Tomas.

You know what all that tells me?

You’re nothing more than an up-jumped thug playing dress-up.

While daddy’s at work.

You should have stayed where you were.

Cause now that you’re back it’s gonna be hard for you to leave again.

You might as well have that drink now.

Since I have no choice.

[intense score]

[screaming]

Shit.

You’re dead!

You’re fucking dead!

Get him!

[gunshots]

Get in!

What the hell, Vail?

This is a rental!

You couldn’t have splurged for a mid-size?

Who was that back there?

Some local thugs.

You are the worst spy ever.

There are protocols. You can’t just leave me in the dust.

Trust me, it’s for your own protection.

Oh, please. You’re lucky that I was there.

We need to swing by the hotel for my tools give me your phone.

Why?

That’s how you’re tracking me, right?

No.

I found your bug.

In my shirt collar. Alright, give it to me I put it on someone who could lead us to Radek.

Nice.

Hey.

Look, if I’m gonna help you… you’re gonna need to help me too.

Fill in the blanks.

The file says that Radek went rogue.

What happened?

Radek was a go-between with the Greek and Russian mafias.

But in reality, he was… he was performing assignments.

For us.

Assignments? Like…

like that hit on Boris Popov?

The guy from the picture?

That’s right. He joined the CIA to get asylum for his wife and daughter but his cover got blown and the Russians killed his family.

I saw the photos.

Radek became unhinged.

He went on revenge tour… slaughtering Russians all over Greece, anyone he thought was involved.

So that’s when the CIA ordered you to take him out?

I was asked to track him down and neutralize him.

I thought I did.

Anything else?

No.

Actually, yes. How the fuck did you know that I was allergic to dogs?

Single woman, your age, no pets.

How did you know I was single?

Lucky guess.

[dramatic score]

[email chime]

[sinister laughter]

Oh my…

[ominous score]

Torture, genocide.

Civilians murdered.

Governments toppled through violent insurrection.

Crimes committed not by your enemies, but by the US itself.

For decades the world has turned a blind eye out of fear and profit.

But what happens when your allies learn that you’ve been doing the same to them?

To prevent this I demand payment of one hundred million US dollars in Bitcoin.

Hard wallet delivery.

Stand by for instructions.

[tense score]

He’s going.

And there’s our bug.

You’re sure this guy is working with Radek?

He can’t be doing this all alone.

[tense score]

Shouldn’t we be following him?

Radek would never be dumb enough to meet Sten in public.

But Sten wouldn’t be dumb enough to leave behind evidence.

Okay. Let’s toss this place up and see what we can work with.

I’ll take the office.

Anything?

I’ve got photos and a map of Emporiou Square downtown.

How’s the workmanship?

It’s sloppy. But recent.

This is Greta Becker’s phone.

The journalist that was murdered in Thessaloniki.

Alekos Melas.

“Why the US should just go home.”

The next target.

[front door unlocks]

Come on!

[Kate sneezes]

Hey, asshole.

On the ground.

Now.

We just talk.

Ha!

Fuck!

Kate?

Kate? You okay?

Did you take your medicine?

[somber score]

Three hundred hours of field training.

It’s never happened to me before.

What, the sneeze?

What? No. That wasn’t my fault. He must have had a dog.

I didn’t see one.

I froze.

Vail, you… you could have been killed.

Wouldn’t be the first time.

Don’t beat yourself up about it.

It happens.

Do you ever get desensitized by it all?

Yes.

It’s Patricio.

He found out where Alekos Melas will be later.

The next target.

Where?

I’ll give you one guess.

[baglamadaki playing]

[score becomes suspenseful]

Did a quick perimeter check.

Two fat security guards and a cop asleep in his car.

No sign of Radek.

Shouldn’t we warn Melas?

He could be in danger.

Kate, no. We don’t want to spook Radek.

Patricio, you got him, yeah?

So close I can smell his indigestion.

Four espressos already.

Seems a bit nervous.

Twelve Apostle Church always was your favorite drop spot.

I love the frescoes.

Even had dinner with some of the monks we made Clams Kokkinisto.

That goes against protocol.

Something we were always very good at.

I meant for the monks.

Oh.

They shouldn’t be eating past midday.

You must be surprised seeing as I’m supposed to be dead and all.

Surprised isn’t the word I’d use.

Angry.

More like confused, Victor.

We had a deal. I let you go, you disappear.

Forever.

[Greek protest chant]

Vail, I’m blind. What do you see?

Vail?

Vail!

I did go away.

But I couldn’t help but feel what’s the word you used?

Confused. You see, we never did find out who blew my cover.

And I hate mysteries.

It’s an itch I’ve needed to scratch.

They say old wounds are best left unscratched.

These don’t feel old to me.

Patricio!

You know how efficient I can be.

It didn’t take long before all fingers pointed in one direction.

Putin?

The agency.

That’s not possible.

I would have known about it.

Maybe you did.

Maybe that’s why I sent some friends to come and see you in Philadelphia.

Why would the agency blow your cover?

You know why.

One little assignment left incomplete.

Even if that’s true, Victor

what you’re doing isn’t right.

Blackmail. Killing journalists.

It’s not just extreme, it’s fucking crazy, Victor.

I’m only going to warn you once.

Stay out of the way. If not for yourself, then do it for her.

Who her?

Your partner.

You weren’t able to protect my family.

You really think you’ll be able to protect her?

[intense score]

[panicked screaming]

[revs engine]

Anything?

It’s a tablet.

The screen is cracked.

We should still be able to access the hard drive.

[protestors chanting]

What?

I warned you.

This rope-a-dope cowboy shit got Melas killed.

This is why we have protocols.

This is why you got fired once already.

I didn’t get fired, I quit.

A man is dead, Vale.

A civilian!

The agency is going to get heat for this.

Okay, so which one are we sad about?

The civilian or the agency?

Tell me.

The photo that Radek left at the scene of the crime.

Who was it?

Luis Del Gato. Cuban ambassador to the UN.

Del Gato? But he’s…

Alive. Which means Radek doesn’t just have a list of past CIA hits he has a list of active targets as well.

We need to call this into O’Malley.

Kate, don’t you get it?

O’Malley already knows.

Then why is it just us here?

If this list gets out it’s going to unite the entire world against us.

Now you’re starting to ask the right questions.

I can think of two reasons.

One: O’Malley is covering his own ass.

He was station chief when I was here.

Radek happened under his watch.

Okay, and two?

Think about it, Kate.

Somebody has to be leaking the info to Radek.

You think O’Malley is the mole?

I don’t trust anybody at the agency.

And you shouldn’t either.

But you trust Tye Delson.

You read her in, didn’t you?

At the art gallery.

Don’t look so surprised.

You knew that I was tracking you.

You didn’t think I would check the guest list.

See, you do have the necessary trust issues.

So why won’t you direct them toward the right people?

Because I’m trying to make two and two equal four with you, Vail.

You keep saying that we can’t trust the agency… and then you go and read in the head of station.

None of this makes sense.

Tye is…

She’s an old friend.

You’re a hypocrite.

Don’t answer it.

Fuck you.

Yes, sir.

Kate. Don’t tell them.

You really are paranoid, aren’t you?

Yes, sir. Go ahead.

If the CIA is responsible for these murders the whole United States will be held accountable.

Mr. Melas paid the ultimate price, but his death his sacrifice won’t be in vain. Thank you.

[knocking]

Christ, Vail.

I’m here for my records.

[“In A Sentimental Mood” Duke Ellington]

To my paid vacation.

Kostas suspended all US intelligence activity in Greece. He’s holding a big press conference Friday to announce the findings of his investigation.

Does he have anything?

O’Malley doesn’t think so.

But after the hit today at the market, it doesn’t look good for us.

Did you see what happened?

Front and center.

You were there?

I saw Radek. Spoke to him.

And?

Did you know that the agency

blew his cover?

I was briefed when I took over as head of station.

They said it was a necessary evil.

It was a crime, committed by the CIA against one of their own.

From what I understand, the Russians were responsible for the killing.

Don’t you dare let the agency wash its hands of this.

Look, Radek made a deal. And then one day, he refused to hold up his end of the bargain.

You know damn well what they asked us to do, and you know why we couldn’t do it.

I’m not defending them, Vale.

I’m just telling it like it is.

The agency felt betrayed.

Well, I know how that feels.

I waited for you.

I know.

Trains came and went.

I sat on my suitcase and I waited.

Vail.

I glimpsed faces in the crowd I kept thinking, they were you.

Oh, here she comes. There she is.

That must be her.

They never were.

Stop.

You and I were supposed to get out.

I just… Please.

Why didn’t you come?

I… I just

I was scared.

Twenty years I’ve been working at this.

This life and all the death that comes with it.

And it is shitty and lonely and dreary.

But it’s all I know.

When O’Malley called and offered me the job it may have been the wrong choice… but I have to live with it.

You know, sometimes the easiest choices are the ones you don’t have to make by yourself.

[music continues]

When is your meeting with O’Malley?

Tomorrow.

He’s gonna want to know about the job.

He will.

I can’t do it.

The gangsters and the business freaks, that’s that’s one thing, but the politicians?

I didn’t even sign up for this.

I hear you, Victor. But you have an agreement with the agency.

If you refuse you’re a dead man.

They can rescind their offer to relocate your family.

We’ve been here for six months.

If the agency cared about my family, they’d be gone already.

This puts me in a tough spot.

Not necessarily. This– This could be the out you’ve been looking for.

I can’t just walk away.

What if you didn’t have to do this alone?

I mean, think about it.

You, me, the girls.

I’ll get them out.

No matter what it takes.

I’ll see you in Grizzly Pines.

Grizzly Pines.

[soothing score]

[Tye] Yep, I just received it.

I’ll be going through them now.

Okay.

Thank you.

Sleeping in?

Yeah. Got the shit kicked out of me yesterday.

Body needed a reset.

Aren’t you on vacation?

I like to think of it as work from home.

My team was able to trace the IP address from the ransom video.

Oh wow.

Sent from an abandoned rail yard rig outside the city.

I–

What, what?

Forgot to tell you. Patricio has Radek’s tablet computer.

Vale…

He’s going through it.

He’ll let us know if he finds anything Patricio couldn’t find flies on a horse’s ass.

I need that tablet.

Could have critical information about Radek’s next moves.

My career is on the line.

Oh, your career?

Changes everything.

Vail.

Maybe you should just go home.

Look, if Kostas finds out you’re here… it’ll just prove he was right.

There’s too much at stake, I…

Let me send some people down there.

How are you going to do that?

Your station is suspended, remember?

Look.

This is something I have to do.

Radek was my friend.

I wasn’t able to save his family maybe I can still save him.

Be careful.

[dramatic score]

[door opens]

Let me guess.

O’Malley wants me on the first flight out of here.

I didn’t tell him what happened at the market.

Might not be good for your career.

Look, it’s clear to me that Radek isn’t doing this for the money.

Killing journalists, the frame jobs.

He wants to punish the CIA.

The money must be for someone else. But then, then I started to think.

If O’Malley’s working with Radek, why would he send you?

And that’s when I realized.

He wouldn’t.

So I went through your bag and I found a receipt for two burner phones.

[suspenseful score]

One incoming call.

I’m gonna guess that’s Radek.

I killed Radek.

Why would I work with him now?

For all I know, you never killed him.

Maybe you let him go.

Not bad at all.

Come on. We’ve got to get going.

I am in contact with Radek.

But not for the reasons you think.

I’ll explain all on the way.

Hi, this is Patricio. Leave a message.

Patricio doesn’t miss calls.

Come on.

[large gate opens]

[suspenseful score]

[score turns sinister]

[gasps]

Stop!

He’s bait.

It’s a trap.

You de-rig the platform.

[metal gate rolls open]

[tense score]

Spread yourselves. No one gets out.

Come on, come on!

We have to get out of here!

Vail!

We need to get out of here.

They’re inside.

Kate, get down.

[gunshots]

Wait!

Get back! Back!

Kate, back up!

[high octane score]

Game over, Torrance.

I give you two options.

One, chuck your weapon and come in for a chat.

Two, drop dead right now.

I’ll take number two,

with you any day.

I knew you’d say that.

Come on.

Release the girl, then I’ll walk over.

No, Vail!

You got ten seconds to come out.

[suspenseful score]

She meets me halfway!

The girl can go, say your goodbyes, and then you and I can have a little talk.

I’m sorry, Vail.

Hey, crying is dying, kid.

We ain’t dead yet.

I’m not leaving!

Shut up and listen.

Take the rear door, get the car and leave.

No, I’m not leaving you.

I will meet you at the hotel.

Don’t do this, Vail, please.

Kate, go now, or we’re both dead.

I tried to tell you.

I’m somebody now.

Yeah. Enjoy it. While it lasts!

[sobbing]

[dramatic score]

I told you to meet me at the hotel.

I knew Radek was unwell.

I knew the deaths of his family would be hard on him, but I never thought he’d go this far.

What happened to Radek and the CIA?

How did it get to this?

Radek was too good at his job.

The agency wanted to promote him.

No more small-timers, punks, gangsters.

They wanted him to kill a political rival.

Who?

Kostas. Neither of us could go through with it, so we agreed to walk away.

We underestimated how vindictive the agency could be.

I’m sorry.

I’m sorry about Patricio.

My fault. I never should have gotten him involved.

So what now?

What’s our next move?

Radek’s gone.

He’s beyond saving.

No one is beyond saving.

You saw what he did.

I have to find him and end this, once and for all.

It’s O’Malley.

They’ve agreed to pay the hundred million.

Good. Radek won’t be able to resist.

US embassies across Europe have begun evacuating due to safety concerns, with widespread riots predicted if Minister Kostas Leontaris is able to prove a link between the CIA and these killings.

Tune in here for the live coverage of the press conference later today.

Vail?

Oh, cut the crap. I was born on a Tuesday, but not last Tuesday.

I knew you’d run right to her.

You must enjoy this part of your job.

Secret meetings in back rooms?

Anything for my country.

All right, listen up. Radek has asked for somebody by name to make the drop.

Anyone else and it’s off.

Our rising star,

Bannon.

What?! You can’t go.

We have no choice.

Come on, O’Malley. You know Radek only asked for her to get to me.

You’re done, Vail. Thank you for your service.

Excuse me?

I think it’s safe to say you’ve done enough damage across this city.

You’re out.

O’Malley,

you might be the dumbest son of a bitch to ever cash a government paycheck and that’s saying something.

Bannon.

You got this?

That’s what I’m here for.

He knows our faces.

So, we can’t get too close to you, but we’ll be tracking you every step of the way.

We’ve got your back.

Remind me how that usually goes?

It helps to remember we’re the good guys Bannon.

I know who I am, sir.

The Bitcoin is loaded onto the flash drive.

Once Radek takes possession, we’ll grab him, bring him in.

[powerful score]

Three stops, correct?

Affirmative.

Copy that.

I have the package.

Bingo.

I found the tavern.

This is why nobody does business with the CIA.

They cannot follow directions.

That was a low blow, Victor.

Asking for Bannon?

I thought it was kind of funny.

No. Killing my friend.

I warned you to not get involved.

Seems like anyone who gets close to you ends up in the dirt.

So why don’t you come down, collect your money?

You and I can get real close.

Even as we speak.

You can’t hide from me, Victor.

I’ll never, ever stop coming.

I’m not going anywhere.

I’m tired, Vail.

And I want to make peace.

This sure is a fucked up way of showing it–

There’s only one final hit to do.

One assignment.

Kostas?

That’s right.

A list is nothing.

They’re just words on paper.

But seeing, that is believing.

I’m going to broadcast to the whole world what the CIA has been doing in the shadows

Victor, you kill him, countries will go to war, millions of lives will be lost.

Sadly, as it must be,

I cannot suffer alone any longer.

Goodbye, Vail.

Please, please tell the girls I’ll be seeing them soon.

[frantic keystrokes]

[door locks]

[suspenseful score]

Kate, Radek is close by. He got the payoff he’s going to assassinate Kostas.

Get to the back alley. This place is rigged to blow in about three seconds.

[tense score]

Move over.

Fuck.

[chanting]

[chanting]

We’re gonna lose him!

Brace yourself.

What?

Brace!

Oh shit!

Come on!

Kate, hey, you alright?

Radek!

[crowd cheering and chanting]

[crowd chanting in unison]

[tense score]

As many of you know, my office has been aggressively investigating the murders of Greta Becker and Alekos Melas, journalists slain on Greek soil.

[crowd boos]

Many more innocent civilians gunned down mere weeks after publishing articles condemning the United States and its foreign intelligence activities abroad.

Based on our findings, I can confidently conclude the Central Intelligence Agency

It’s over, Victor.

Do you hear me? It’s over.

Maybe for me, not for you.

You have to relive this nightmare forever.

I’m sorry I couldn’t protect them.

Me too, Vail.

I’ll see you in Grizzly Pines.

[shouting in Greek]

[gunshot]

[heart rate monitor]

Tye.

No. It’s Kate.

Someone shot me.

That would be the Greeks.

But given all the trouble you’ve caused them, I’d call you guys square.

You okay?

We found Radek’s laptop in the van.

The Bitcoin wallet wasn’t there.

Sounds like there’s one last mystery to solve.

We don’t care about the money. That’s what it’s there for, to plug holes.

Notice we’re watching cartoons instead of World War III?

That’s because Kostas thinks the CIA saved him.

We took the liberty of claiming you as our own.

That must have hurt.

We found Radek’s manifesto inside of his van, claiming he was killing Kostas on behalf of the CIA.

Plus the entire hit list, past, present, and future.

So just the truth then, huh?

Truth is subjective.

Thankfully, we found it before anyone else.

Radek is dead. The list is secure.

But you did interfere after we told you to take a hike.

So, all in all, a job done.

I do have one question.

Why bricklaying?

It’s what I know.

Paid for college.

Oh, come on.

You could be making a killing out there consulting, but you’re laying brick. Why?

Because when I hold a brick in my hand, I know exactly what it is and what it will do.

Every single time.

Its form is its function.

That gives me peace.

I don’t know what the fuck any of that means, but it sounds good.

I didn’t expect you would.

The money. I mean, we can’t just let him get away with it.

O’Malley must have it.

He needs to be held accountable.

O’Malley will get what’s coming to him.

Not from us.

So that’s it?

We just… We just let it go?

Kate, Radek was a complicated man.

But I knew what drove him.

I knew his weaknesses.

Guys like O’Malley, they live for the politics.

They’ll sign a death sentence as casually as signing a lunch bill.

That’s something I’ll never understand.

Kate, I can’t fight an enemy, I don’t understand.

Well, so long, bricklayer.

See you around, kid.

[foreboding score]

Oh.

What are you doing here? You’re supposed to be at the hospital.

Checked out early.

I was just coming to see you right before I…

It’s been a rough couple of weeks.

I thought I’d get out of town for a while.

Why don’t I get you a drink?

Sure. Still a little doped up on painkillers.

Should be a good combination.

Where are you going?

Maldives.

Maldives, sounds exotic.

Never been.

[sinister score]

It’s my favorite. I listen to it all the time.

[“Drinkin’ Problem” by Midland] ♪ One more night, one more down ♪

♪ One more, one more round ♪

♪ First one in, last one out ♪

♪ Giving this town lots to talk about ♪

Great record.

Well, it is your collection.

♪ They don’t know ♪

Yeah.

♪ People say I got a drinkin’ problem ♪

That’s why I’m here, actually. I’d like to start boxing them up.

If you wouldn’t mind lending me a hand.

Why don’t you come with me?

You want me to go with you?

Yeah.

Get out for good this time.

Like we always planned.

♪ People say I got a drinkin’ problem ♪

That sounds good, Tye, but you sent me to die.

It’s kind of a deal breaker for me.

[tires screeching]

♪ Last call gets later and later ♪

♪ I come in here so I don’t have to hate her ♪

I think your Uber is here.

♪ Same old song ♪

They’re not here for me.

Really?

So you and Radek, you gave him the list.

He came to me. He knew about us.

I didn’t have a choice.

So the hundred million was just for shits and giggles.

You’ve already donated it to, what’s that charity you like?

Childhood obesity?

I should have left with you.

But I didn’t.

And now… I’m not the same person anymore.

Clearly.

Goodbye, Vail.

[high intensity score]

[revs engine]

[dramatic score]

[gunshots]

[somber score]

You okay?

You’re welcome.

I can’t believe you thought I was dirty.

I may be a prick, but I’m a patriot. I believe in what we’re doing here.

How did you know Delson was dirty?

Something Vail said to me.

About knowing your enemy.

I knew Tye. She… She was me.

Still the hell of a clean up we had to do.

Your persona non grata in Greece now.

And I’m sorry to say that you’re no longer welcome in this division.

Sir, I… I don’t want to hear anything else.

Pack your things.

I’m moving you upstairs.

You’re not dismissing me?

You’re moving up a floor.

I’m promoting you.

You think I don’t know what a prick Vail is?

You did a great job over there.

You’re going to be running your own cases now.

I’m sorry, but I… can’t accept.

You’re kidding me.

I appreciate that, sir, I do.

And I do want to serve my country, just… not here.

Thank you.

[somber score]

Hey

Come on. Come on.

Alright, let’s go.

I thought you said you were allergic to dogs.

If you understood everything I said, you’d be me.

Bye.

[score turns triumphant]

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