TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY (2011)

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Director: Tomas Alfredson
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 127 min.

It is the early 1970s and British Intelligence is immersed in the Cold War.  When a top-secret operation in Hungary goes fatally wrong, the head of Intelligence and his right-hand-man, George Smiley, are forced into early retirement.  The remaining members of Intelligence continue business as usual, dealing with a secret source called “Witchcraft” who provides them with significant and seemingly credible Russian secrets.  It is then that the Prime Minister approaches Smiley with the information behind the ill-fated Hungarian mission: a mole has infiltrated the highest levels of British Intelligence.  Smiley is now in the best possible position to uncover the mole’s identity and find out what really happened in Hungary.

I thoroughly enjoyed this film.  Not an action movie–although it has its share of blood and guts–Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is a slow broiled spy thriller.  The mystery is what keeps you in suspense.  The acting was great, and the use of oranges and browns, a smoky atmosphere, and crowded, stationary shots made me believe I was watching a film made in the 70s, not just about them.  I definitely recommend it to mystery lovers, spy lovers, or history lovers who can stomach R-rated violence.  It was great!

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