Drama grips with tight plot

Drama grips with tight plot

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Photo: Jack English
A botched mission in Hungary leads to the death of a British spy and the firing of MI6 head Control (John Hurt) and his right-hand man, Smiley (Gary Oldman).

Soon word surfaces of a Russian mole embedded deep within the agency's upper ranks. Smiley is brought back to investigate and discovers that the Hungarian mission was Control's attempt to sniff out the mole. He gave the five suspects code names (based on a nursery rhyme): "Tinker" Percy Alleline (Toby Jones), "Tailor" Bill Haydon (Colin Firth), "Soldier" Roy Bland (Ciaran Hinds), "Poor Man" Toby Esterhase (David Dencik) and "Beggarman" Smiley.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy takes you on a journey with Smiley as he leads you through a game of whodunnit. Although it takes director Tomas Alfredson some time to establish the scene and characters/suspects, the film moves along nicely from there. The tactics employed are smart; and, at the same time, we get a glimpse into the inner workings of one of the more secretive agencies in the world.

The jargon-filled dialogue, based on famous spy author John le Carre's novel, plants you firmly in the world of British intelligence. The film is really extremely dense, which might be off-putting for those who tend to drift off when confronted with complex plots. But spy thriller connoisseurs will be intrigued.

Contains violence and mature subject matter

YP Rating: 4/5



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