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Plot: A couple finds themselves lured into a Russian oligarch's plans to defect, and are soon positioned between the Russian Mafia and the British Secret Service, neither of whom they can trust. Runtime: 108 mins Release Date: 13 May 2016
I went to see this with a friend the day after it went out on general release and I have to say that we both loved it. We are both John Le Carre fans though I had not read this book , and, even though my friend said there were slight adjustments, we were both hooked immediately. I understand that Ralph Fiennes dropped out of the project before filming, to be replaced by Stellan Skarsgard and I have to say that the recasting was a major reason for me and my friend wanting to see this film as soon as possible. He gave Dima a warmth that made you understand immediately why Ewan McGregor's <more>
Perry and, eventually, Naomie Harris's Gail would want to help him and his family. The feeling of foreboding on the Russian side of the story came over immediately, and the tension at some points had me curled up in my cinema seat. There were two occasions where I thought the outcome was signalled too clearly, but only one panned out as I expected and, having only just started the book, I can't say if that is how it was meant to be. I can only say that, as someone who has not always been a fan of Ewan McGregor, I found his character in the film to be believable and very likable, and Damian Lewis as a Smiley- type figure was really excellent. I have liked Naomie Harris since I first saw her in Pirates of the Caribbean though she wasn't given a huge amount to do here it is always great to see the hugely underused Jeremy Northam, and lovely to see Saskia Reeves in a part that might not be large, but was very affecting. Overall, however, it was Stellan Skarsgard's Dima that stole the show for me. He might not have been the bald, brown-eyed Russian of the book, but he made us care what happened to him and his family. I pre-ordered the film on Blu Ray as soon as I got home. Loved it.
The "10" is for quality and entertainment value. Spy movies don't get much better than this.It's unusual to have an entertaining film that also deals with values, character, and honor. It's those qualities that send this movie right over the top.As suspenseful as "Our Kind of Traitor" is, real sit-on-the-edge-of-your-seat suspense, it was also fun to watch.If you enjoy quality spy movies, you will enjoy this. It is a "must see" movie. Plus, you'll want to add this to your movie library. You'll watch this more than once.
a great spy thriller (by jawneyfloros)
Review: I really enjoyed this movie because it shows you that neither side is innocent when someone tries to defect. The direction and screenplay are both really good. Both the casting and acting are really good also. All in all I would give this five out of a possible five stars.
Mostly What Blows Up is People's Lives--Great Script, A+ Acting (by vsks)
Our Kind of Traitor is my kind of movie. A political thriller that avoids the eye-rolling tropes of so many films in the genre—the relentless testosterone-fueled special effects, vehicular mayhem, and beyond-evil bad guys. Instead, it relies for tension on the attachment it craftily develops between viewer and character, thanks to an excellent script and solid acting. Based on the 2010 John Le Carré novel, as adapted by Houssein Amini, and directed by Susanna White, Our Kind is a movie about trust. While it shows that people at the highest levels of public trust may not necessarily have <more>
the public's good at the top of their agendas—no news flash in this genre—trust at the personal level is still possible. And trust is entails risk. Life-and-death risk. Low-key London academic Perry Makepeace played by Ewan McGregor and his wife Gail Naomie Harris are in exotic Marrakesh trying to revive a fading relationship. When she leaves him alone in a restaurant, he's befriended by a Russian at a neighboring table, Dima Stellan Skarsgård, brilliant! , who convinces him to go to "a Russian party" extravagant even by oligarchical standards. The next day Dima persuades Perry and Gail to drop in at his daughter's 16th birthday party, where it's just the usual—you know, bands, fireworks, sword swallowers, bejeweled camels. At the party, Dima pulls Perry aside and confesses he's the chief money launderer for the Russian mafia and in imminent danger of being murdered in an internecine war. He gives Perry a flash drive and asks him to get it to MI6. He says a big bolus of dirty money is about to land on British shores by way of a shell bank headquartered in the Mediterranean. Dima wants to defect, and he wants the Brits to protect him and, most of all, his family. Plots featuring the "average man" work because you inevitably wonder, "what would I do?" The operational guys in the British security services sly Damian Lewis, especially like Perry's information, but the big bosses don't want them to follow up, for reasons of tangled agendas noted above. After that it's cat-and-mouse, with Dima and Perry two little mice and pretty much everyone else in the role of fat cats. Says critic Scott Marks of the San Diego Reader, "The mid-summer release of an adult, effects-free British thriller relating to the collapse of Europe's global financial system timed out perfectly. You'll Brexit knowing that your entertainment dollar was well spent."
It could have gone bad, bland, boring hundreds of times and it didn't, on the contrary. Ewan McGregor managed to give a character that could have easily been flat credibility. His subtle interpretation of his character's motivation made his choices in the movie believable in a very far-fetched scenario, pulling you in bit by bit. This, combined with his great chemistry with Skarsgard, Damian Lewis's enigmatic presence, Harris's grounded delivery and the beautiful cinematography Anthony Dod Mantle did a beautiful job made the movie a joy to watch. What I found most exciting <more>
about the movie is that it showcases a great understanding of human psychology without spelling it out for the audience, that's what makes pieces of the movie pop up in your head minutes, hours after the movie is done. Also, the couple relationships are beautifully, realistically portrayed and the cultural background of the characters. I just loved to see on screen, in a thriller no less, good and simple life wisdom in practice, not spoon fed, overbearing or pretentious. Very rare.
Just the movie the UK needs to see (by socrates99)
It's sad that the UK always seems to revert to dealing in dubious economics whenever its more traditional industries flounder. Elizabeth I sent out so-called privateers who were really just pirates and now the UK is hosting dirty money from all over the planet. This story has had little play in the movies probably because no one wants to stop the money train. But this movie is a refreshing attempt to rectify all that and that in itself is worth the price of admission.Just as cinema, Stellan Skarsgard, Damian Lewis and Ewan McGregor give memorable performances that treat the subject matter <more>
with the seriousness it deserves. Damian Lewis is particularly effective as the spymaster who is trying to expose corruption at the highest levels. One scene near the end where the bespectacled spymaster is home cooking made me immediately envy his gorgeous London pad, and the location shots are just something extra that you'll likely enjoy.There's plenty of action in this thriller but the best thing about it is the choice of an unusual villain the financial district in London called The City. True, the script could have used a little tuning up but it is all clear enough by the credits.
I enjoy John Le Carre, but none of the adaptations of his books have really blown me away. I am happy to say that I was pleasantly surprised by this movie. I came into this movie without many expectations, as I have not read the book and I hadn't heard anything about the movie. Ewan McGregor and Stellan Skarsgård star as a British professor and a Russian mobster respectively, and both give great performances, especially Skarsgård, who plays a man who you know is a bad person, but you can't help but like. Naomie Harris and Damian Lewis also feature, and while both are good in their <more>
roles, I felt like Harris, who plays McGregor's wife, wasn't given much to do.I really enjoyed the cinematography, and you could tell that Anthony Dod Mantle worked hard to make sure every shot was interesting even when what was going on in the shot was pretty basic.The story is nothing you haven't seen before, but I found myself really captured by the great acting and interesting dialogue.B+
I usually love John Le Carre's books, but I didn't think much of Our Kind of Traitor at all. In fact it left me with almost no memory of the story except a vague outline, which was very handy when it came to watching the film. I enjoyed the screen version much more. The adaptation is good, the action was paced far better than the novel, and the acting was excellent. Stellan Skarsgaad was wonderful as Dima - he managed, I thought, to make the character sympathetic without ever losing his menace. Damian Lewis was also very good. I don't especially care for Ewan MacGregor, but I <more>
thought he did well in this. I had last seen Khalid Abdalla, who played Luke, in the role of an Islamic terrorist in 'Spooks', and I think Susanne White made an excellent choice of having him play an MI-6 officer; while I know nothing about who staffs what in Vauxhall Cross, I would imagine it's much more multi-ethnic than it used to be. Lastly, the little cameo by John Le Carre himself was a nice touch.As to how close to the reality the story line is ... I suspect much more so than many people might like to think!
Skillful and credible political thriller (by [email protected])
Our Kind of Traitor provides a highly skillful presentation of the kind of film that Alfred Hitchcock used to specialize in - a naïve everyman suddenly pulled into a paranoid world of suspicion and intrigue with nothing but his good moral instincts to guide him. As indicated in the trailers, a British professor of poetry is suddenly befriended by a Russian mafia money launderer for the purpose of aiding his defection to the U.K. with evidence of massive Russian corruption of leading English politicians. The professor and his wife soon find themselves quite unwillingly dragged into situations <more>
in which prolonged torture followed by a terrible death is quite possible and in which their only defense is to pretend that everything is normal. Such a film can succeed only if credibility is carefully adhered, which is certainly the case here. This is the way to do political thrillers and the creators of this film have done it very very well.