Tinker Tailor Solder Spy

February 28, 2012 at 8:00 am | Posted in Film Review | Leave a comment
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I went to see the film based on the book by John Le Carre and it held my attention. In a world where spy movie means explosions and action, this was a spy movie with a difference.

There is lots of tension created by the skills of the director (Tomas Alfredson) and the actors.

For me the two standout actors were Gary Oldman and Colin Firth.

Gary Oldman is George Smiley, brought back into British Intelligence to find a ‘mole’ at the highest level of the Service. Since the plot revolves around Smiley, the film’s rests solely on his performance. Gary Oldman does an excellent job of bringing the role out of the shadow cast by Sir Alec Guinness – who played the same role in the acclaimed BBC TV series.

Colin Firth is Bill Haydon, a senior member of the Service. Colin Firth puts in a very subtle performance – playing spy who can seduce and charm both sexes.

My only question: Did people really meet and have offices in special rooms that resemble suspended refrigerated shipping containers?


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