Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)


A ex-agent of MI6 is called out of retirement to uncover a Russian double agent in the top echelons of their organisation.

If there’s one thing that can be said in favour of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, it is that it reeks of quality. The exceptional ensemble cast present what can only be described as an acting masterclass and the direction, photography and production design are all top notch. The problem with the film lies with its script, but that’s not to say that it’s badly written; quite the contrary in fact. The dialogue is smart, the themes sophisticated and characters well drawn. The trouble lies with the fact that this Cold War world of secrecy, back stabbing and betrayal seems so alien in the internet age that it’s quite difficult to involve yourself in the dense, convoluted story. I couldn’t connect emotionally with any of these coldhearted and detached individuals and the fact of the matter was that I didn’t really care who the mole was.

Technically marvellous but those looking for a cinematic quick fix will find Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy too much like hard work.



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