Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (2011)
Synopsis: Adapted from the classic novel with the same title, the worldwide thriller takes place at the peak of the Cold War the middle of the 1900s. George Smiley, a shamed English spy, is rehired secretly by the English government – which dreads that their Secret Intelligence Service, is tarnished and compromised by a Soviet double agent.
Running Time: minutes
Distributor: Focus Features
Directed By: Tomas Alfredson
Written By: John le Carré (novel), Peter Straughan (screenplay)
Cast: Gary Oldman, Colin Firth and Tom Hardy
Movie Release Date: November 18, 2011
Loyalty and treachery are truly cursory undertides in the compact script by Peter Straughan in his collaboration with the great Bridget O’Connor, which entraps the spectator in a thrilling reality of bureaucratic spy world from the starting scene at the MI6 headquarters in the British capital. A little similar to M briefing Bond in a littered newspaper editor in chief’s room, the action gets cracking when English Intelligence’s number one, Control, sends out gallant agent Jim Prideaux to a life-threatening foreign mission to Hungary. He’s to contact with a renegade Russian general who recognizes a double agent that is a big fish in their own squad.
The mission to the Hungarian capital is a debacle and places a disgraceful stop to Control’s domination in the Circus, together with the vocation of his chief assistant George Smiley. Wearing his gray suit, sporting his gray hair and staggering gait, Smiley appears geared up for retirement. However, after the death of Control, a sense of responsibility pulls him back to capture the two-faced bastard that put an end to the life of his mentor and friend.
The people that are thought to be the killers of Contol are cut-out faces that are taped to Control’s secret-filled apartment. They are all Circus’s top brass– even George Smiley is included. Superb personations help differentiate the herded Circus performers, although spectators are retained on their toes on this action-packed spy film that is to hit the theaters soon.