Cold War | Intelligence | Political Thriller | Spy
In the bleak days of the Cold War, espionage veteran George Smiley is forced from semi-retirement to uncover a Soviet agent within MI6.
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Movie reviews for Tinker Taylor Soldier Spy
|James Bond and Jason Bourne might have changed our perception of the spy world. Tinker Taylor Soldier Spy returns to the classic political thrillers of the 1970s. This means no exotic locations or visually impressive shootouts. Tinker Taylor Soldier Spy takes place in grey London where British intelligence is believed to be infiltrated by a Russian spy. The cast of the movie is really strong and features some of Britan's finest actors (John Hurt, Mark Strong, Benedict Cumberbatch etc). The leading role is played by Gary Oldman who received an Oscar nomination for his performance. Danish David Dencik also has a minor role in the movie. Because we do not see many political thrillers today, the movie feels fresh in an old fashioned way. Tinker Taylor Soldier Spy is mostly filmed in anonymous office building which gives the movie an authentic feel. The description of British intelligence in 1973 seems believable to me. The pace in the movie is really slow, which might scare some persons away. I think Tinker Taylor Soldier Spy introduces too many characters (we never really get to know anyone in the movie). The many characters make the movie look superficial. Tinker Taylor Soldier Spy also features several jumps in time which makes the movie feel fragmented (this is not necessarily a good thing). Recommended for fans of political thrillers such as Three Days Of The Condor (1975) or The Odessa File (1974). Die hard action fans or romantic fanatics should find something else to watch.