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|Starring:||Bill Nighy, Andrew Cleaver, Richard Lintern, Ralph Fiennes, Ewen Bremner, Saskia Reeves, Judy Davis, Tom Hughes, Felicity Jones, Judy Davis, Michael Gambon, Rachel Weisz, Rakhee Thakrar, Kate Burdette, Robert Toretto, Bijan Daneshmand|
|Genre:||Thriller - Action/Adventure|
|Studio:||UNIVERSAL PICTURES UK|
|Run time:||1 hour 39 minutes|
|Rental release:||05 Sep 2011|
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The grubby side of politics and spyingBy Zamy (552 reviews) from London , 01 Sep 2011
[Highly rated reviewer]David Hare has some insight into the secret world of espionage and if he doesnt quite reach the level of John Le Carre he comes pretty close. There is more than a touch of Alec Guinnesss George Smiley in Bill Nighys portrayal of a spy sickened by the dirty linen of his profession. It is a fine performance and Michael Gambon as his boss and Ralph Fiennes as the Prime Minister lend sterling support. I was less convinced by the Rachel Weiss love interest that proceeds to a moment of tenderness that I found rather out of keeping with the movie as a whole. Never mind, this is a superior made for TV movie in the best traditions of British drama. Recommended.
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Get onto this page.By Bobsview (549 reviews) from Gloucestershire , 24 Feb 2013British political thriller made for TV. two of my favourite actors; Bill Nighy and Rachel Weisz and both are superb in this. Nighy as his battle hardened, world weary, pragmatic but very sharp and a softie underneath personna. Tense, credible and so well crafted from start to finish. An under rated film.
Page 8, not newsworthyBy mt101 (15 reviews) , 14 Feb 2013Great cast but really poor show from such decent 'stars'. You wait and wait for the climax of the film. You're gonna wait a long long time. Just dissapointing. Bill Nighy in a good film.....Try The Boat that Rocked.
Its not exactly Smiley's PeopleBy stefv (32 reviews) , 01 Feb 2013Terrific cast, wasted. I kept waiting to be gripped and it never happened, a pedestrian plot, honestly there are more interesting stories in the news everyday. Michael Gambon does his best to make it interesting.
Passes the timeBy angelic (8 reviews) from London , 09 Nov 2012Story not bad, and Bill Nighy is gorgeous, as always. On the minus side, the plot is a bit unconvoluted - you can take liberal tea breaks etc. and still be fully au fait - as it moves at a very leisurely pace, like Bourne with a zimmer frame. This makes it strangely lethargic and uninvolving, with everyone just going through the motions. Only recommended if there's nothing on telly.
A really bad film.By a customer , 07 Nov 2012This was a terrible film with a great cast. Poor old David Hare
is now well past his sell-by date, obsessed with the great American imperialist conspiracy engulfing the world. Ne'er a
bad word for the thugs who run Russia or China of course. But it is not just Hare's dull, predictable Guardian type prejudices that annoy (after all many people like the Guardian and believe in its line). No: the real problem is that it is such a very poor story, hugely derivative from other better plots, and moves at a lethargic pace.
There is a laugh moment when one dear old boy who represents freedom, peace and democracy is revealed as living and working in Damascus, Syria (which in Hare's world view is presumably a much freer city than Washington or London!)
Worst film I have seen this year despite valiant efforts from Nighy, Weitz, Gambon, Fiennes (what did they think they were doing appearing in this drivel?)
PS Would the UK security services really have recruited in the 1960s from the ranks of those who marched against the war in Vietnam?
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