Friday, January 27, 2012

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)

Director: Tomas Alfredson. Cast: Gary Oldman, John Hurt, Mark Strong, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, Toby Jones, Ciarán Hinds. 127 min. Rated R. Mystery/Thriller.

I have all the respect in the world for Gary Oldman (and he has such a quiet, powerful presence here), but this Cold War spy movie was mind-numbingly boring. In fact, I've felt the same about most John le Carré-based movies (Russia House, The Tailor of Panama), and even with its captivating ending, reading through his "The Spy Who Came in from the Cold" was quite a challenge. Maybe le Carré's books are just not "filmable".

PS: OK, The Constant Gardener was an exception.

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