Cold war bore
Looking for clues: A British agent (Benedict Cumberbatch) gets in a spot of reading during the tangled mess of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.
- Running time
- 127 min
- Tomas Alfredson
- Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy
- OFLC rating
- MA 15+
TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY
(128 min) MA
A tangled, sombre, impenetrable mess of a film.
Quote all you like from the accolades and acclaim this film has received, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is a tangled, sombre, impenetrable mess of a film. And it's as dull as five-day old dishwater. Based on the classic, complicated Cold War novel by John le Carre, director Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One In) does a terrible job trying to revive the anxiety of Cold War tensions as he fails to pump life into the hunt for a spy inside the British secret service.
A crusty, laconic Gary Oldman is George Smiley, the super-spy at the core of a gaggle of bumbling stiff upper-lippers. It wasn't out of the question that a compacted movie version of the sprawling story could improve upon the superb 1979 mini-series (starring Alec Guinness), but that certainly hasn't happened here.
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