Movie: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

By admin
02 March 2012

Rating: 3/5

Spy drama.

With Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy and Kathy Burke.

Director: Tomas Alfredson.

Age restriction not yet available.

Opens 9 March.

Goodness, what a tough watch! This movie dazzles with brilliant direction, Oscar-worthy performances and an oppressive style, yet doesn’t engage with the viewer.

It’s like looking at a beautiful painting through a fogged-up window – you know it’s something special but you can’t quite make out what it is.

So be aware: it will test your patience – and ability to sit still – to the limit.

It’s based on John le Carré’s spy novel set in the Cold War. A former top agent, the grim, expressionless George Smiley (a phenomenal Gary Oldman), is called back from retirement to track down a spy who’s sending secrets to the Russians.

Who’s this bad guy?

Director Tomas Alfredson’s style is slow and pitch black. At times the film just about grinds to a halt while the director creates a paranoid, neurotic atmosphere filled with oppressive fear.

It’s always cold and dark and even the weather represents the driven, nervous characters’ chilly inner lives. Long corridors, featureless cold buildings and dusty offices reflect the film’s formal feel.

Recommended for readers who take their spy dramas seriously – and not for fans of James Bond.

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