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Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy Tomas Alfredson
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy A mole has infiltrated British intelligence. George Smiley (Gary Oldman) is brought back from retirement to secretly flush it out. He recruits Peter Guillam (Benedict Cumberbatch) from the agency to extract information. Smiley was forced into retirement after an agent (Mark Strong as Jim Prideaux) is killed on a mission in Hungary that Smiley’s boss (John Hurt as “Control”) authorized. The new leadership (Toby Jones as Percy Alleline,Colin Firth as Bill Haydon, Ciarán Hinds asa Roy Bland, David Dencik as Toby Esterhase) is enamoured with operation “Witchcraft”, which they believe is acquiring solid intelligence from Russia, but which “Control” always believed was bogus. I was reminded of my reading of Legacy of Ashes, a book about the failures of America’s Central Intelligence Agency. It contains many stories of Russians duping Americans, with disastrous consequences. Throughout Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy it is clear that British intelligence is being beaten by its Russian enemies because of a lack of skill, experience, ruthlessness, and commitment.

A film adaptation of a spy novel, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is thick with intrigue. Nothing builds the suspense better than Gary Oldman’s portrayal of Smiley. From the beginning Smiley is something different from his counterparts. While Control is full of vitriol - even when he’s enjoying himself at a part - Smiley is quiet and contemplative. When the time comes to investigate, his manner is almost excruciating in its deliberateness. His questioning of suspects and analyzing of clues both happen slowly and with much care. When revelations occur Smiley handles them with an impressive nonchalance. He is a master. His use of baby-faced Peter accents this. Peter is young and less experienced. Smiley brings him along slowly such that Peter feels like a surrogate for the audience, itself full of intelligence novices.
 
This product was released around January 2012
I consumed this around August 2014
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Posted by: Jeff Egnaczyk at: 9/1/2014 9:24:39 PM
 
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