While most assumed Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy was bound for success the moment it went into production, thanks to a combination of elite UK actors and one of the best spy-thrillers ever put to paper as a basis for a script, we were still skeptical. Call us George Smiley’s, but director Tomas Alfredson, after all, made his first mark in the foreign vampire film genre. Our concerns vanished, however, within the first ten minutes of the film. Alfredson’s choice of muted colors, overexposed lighting and close-ups formed the perfect background for stellar performances from Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, John Hurt, Ciaran Hinds, Tom Hardy, Toby Jones and Mark Strong.
Don’t be mistaken, John le Carré’s methodical plot tracing the hunt of a Soviet mole embedded in the highest circle of British Intelligence is no Bourne series set in the trappings of Mad Men, but in today’s nitro-fueled blockbuster economy, that’s actually a good thing. Pay attention, watch closely, and when you’re done, check out the deleted scenes, lengthy commentary by Alfredson and Oldman, as well as interviews with the entire cast. It’s the most pleasurable English export we’ve studied since Keira Knightley and Top Gear.
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