I knew before I went to see this, from the trailers, that it was not going to be a James Bond type spy thriller with lots of explosions, chases and witty one liners.
But i expected a little more action than there actually was.
It was slow, tepid and boring right through.
A Russian spy is hidden within MI16 during the cold war and it’s one of 4 people. It’s down to retired spy George Smiley to flush him out.
Basically George is told there is a spy and goes out to trap him to send him back to Russia.
We don’t even have the thrill of red herrings or the spy leaving false trails to trick the viewer into believing it’s one person when it isn’t or false deaths, where the person who is meant to be dead turns out to be alive and well but he’s the spy.
No cliche’s whatsoever.
So what do we get....A slow, one paced, long, drawn out film that all the critics are jumping over themselves to give excellent, pretentious reviews.
The actors are all veteran actors and could play the roles given with their eyes shut so of course everyone will rave on as to how this film was well acted with award winning performances etc etc.
And there’s no argument from me on this point.
But what’s the point when the film is just plain boring.
Reviewed By David