Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Rated R 127 minutes 2012

All the ingredients come together in a bracing adaptation of the John le Carré Cold War spy novel about the search for a Soviet mole inside the British secret service, circa 1973. At the top of the list is actor Gary Oldman’s brilliant underplaying as quiet, careful, ever observant intelligence guru George Smiley – this after years of Oldman’s overdoing it as Beethoven, Dracula, Sid Vicious, Lee Harvey Oswald, et al. He’s backed up by a dream cast of English players: Colin Firth, John Hurt, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hardy, Toby Jones, Kathy Burke, Simon McBurney, Ciarán Hinds, and dependable villain Mark Strong in a change of pace as a conflicted spook. The screenplay adaptation, by Peter Straughan and the late Bridget O’Connor, is likewise a model of efficiency. Wrap it up with Swedish moveover director Tomas Alfredson’s (Let the Right One In) dour, color-coded scene-setting, and it’s one of the most intelligent espionage dramas since, well, le Carré’s own The Spy Who Came in from the Cold. Also thrilling: Alberto Iglesias’ music score. By the way, don’t look for parkour rooftop leaps or car chases – the main energy expended here is analytical. (127 min.)

Film Credits

Official Site: focusfeatures.com/tinker_tailor_soldier_spy

Director: Tomas Alfredson

Producer: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Robyn Slovo, Debra Hayward, Liza Chasin, Olivier Courson, Ron Halpern and John le Carré

Cast: Gary Oldman, Kathy Burke, Benedict Cumberbatch, David Dencik, Colin Firth, Stephen Graham, Tom Hardy, Ciarán Hinds, John Hurt, Toby Jones, Konstantin Khabensky, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Simon McBurney and Mark Strong


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