Director: Bharat Nalluri
Writers: Jonathan Brackley (screenplay), Sam Vincent (screenplay)
Stars: Kit Harington, Peter Firth, Jennifer Ehle
Plot: When a terrorist escapes custody during a routine handover, Will Holloway must team with disgraced MI5 Intelligence Chief Harry Pearce to track him down before an imminent terrorist attack on London.
Running Time: 1 hour 44 Minutes
IMDB Score: 6.2
Why I Watched It: I had seen some of the TV show, couldn’t call myself a fan but saw it and knew of it and of course the cast.
Random Thoughts: So it’s also known as Spooks: The Greater Good, so there you go. It’s odd Peter Firth is really the lead but Kit Harington gets top billing and just a side note Harington’s character wasn’t in the TV show. Skipped the show went right to the movie.
What I Liked: I’m a sucker for a good spy story and the one thing you should know going in there’s more talking than action here, British spies love to talk and brood. A spy story like this is much like a con man movie where you don’t know who to believe here in the spy movie someone is always working someone for good or bad reasons. At the center is Peter Firth to call him an anti-hero would be kind he’s kind of a man who’s willing to do anything but for the greater good or at least that’s his hope. He’ll sacrifice anyone for the end goal and he’s a great character played by a very good actor. He’s fun to watch maybe not to root for but he’s a very good screen presence.
So it’s a twisty spy plot and it’s very twisty and it’s the old who can you trust who is the mole, we’ve seen it before but I have to say the British do this genre in their sleep I think it’s because it’s so wordy and so character driven. The acting is pretty good here no weak link though I will say Harington does kind of stick out, he’s not bad he’s just not the right actor for the role, they needed someone a little more world weary and a little more charismatic.
Now I said there’s more talk than action but there is some and it’s filmed well again we’re going for suspense not thrills here and it works. The plot is complicated, some would say overly, but it holds together and they keep the pace going pretty well. No don’t the film is carried more by the character and plot than action.
What I Didn’t Like: Hate to say it but it did feel like a TV movie rather than a big screen one that’s why adding Harington didn’t work cause he’s mostly a TV actor, I know Game Of Thrones is more than a show we all know you’ve told us before.
The one plot point that didn’t work for me was the big is Firth’s character good or bad, they blame him for stuff but in the end it doesn’t matter cause he’s pretty bad even if he wasn’t the bad guy, they kind of missed the point of the character not only having ice for veins but he could give a care what people think he’s running the show.
As I said the plot is complicated and very wordy but I kind of forgive that but they do throw a bunch of spy cliches at us and at times it felt tired, guess what I’m saying is there’s nothing new here, they didn’t twist the genre they kind of followed the blue print.
Final Thoughts: I liked it for the most part but again a British spy movie is in my wheelhouse but I do think it’s worth a watch just for Peter Firth.