April 22nd, 2014
07:02 PM ET

Will 'Game of Pawns' win over college students?

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There's an interesting new spy film that's just been released called “Game of Pawns.”

Never heard of it? It’s the dramatization of a harrowing true story. And it's not by some Hollywood fat cat studios. Rather, the FBI was behind the release of this 28 minute anti-espionage film.

It's about an American student who is currently serving four years in prison for sharing secrets with China.

Grab the popcorn. Glenn Duffie Shriver starts out a wide-eyed college student who falls in love with the city of Shanghai. Looking for a visa to prolong his stay he starts "writing papers" for the Chinese government.

The stakes – and the money – increase until his handlers suggest that he apply for a job at the CIA. He soon finds himself sweating through a Langley polygraph, quitting in the middle and attempting to flee to China.

It's certainly a cautionary tale. But is this generation of college students, having already been fed a lifetime of reality shows and slickly produced entertainment, going to sit through a half-hour of badly acted scenes that critics point out were shot in DC's Chinatown instead of actually China?

Probably not. An idea for the feds: if you want to get through to this crowd, maybe next time try Snapchat!

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