|" this year’s most accomplished thriller"|
Riding on a wave of critical acclaim amassed at The Venice Film Festival, Tomas Alfredson’s (Let the Right One In) inventive adaptation of John Le Carre’s 1974 spy thriller, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is almost upon us.
Set shortly after the infamous Watergate scandal, this intriguing tale of deception takes place during a period of escalated fear in Cold War Britain. Veteran MI6 agent George Smiley (Gary Oldman) is forced from semi-retirement when a botched mission in Budapest and the death of Control (the head of the agency, colloquially known as the Circus) leads to suspicions that all is not quite right within this highly surreptitious government organisation. He’s assigned to a mission of the upmost importance; to uncover the identity of the mole working at the very top level of the Circus, who’s been feeding vital information of the highest secrecy to the KGB for years, jeopardising not only the furtive work of these government agents but the security of the whole country. Smiley and the small team he’s assembled to solve this vitally important matter of national interest soon begin to delve deeper into a well of espionage and deceit, what at first begins as a tense but calculated investigation, soon transpires into a minefield of betrayal and as the stakes begin to elevate so too does the degree of risk at hand.
Instant Score: 4.5
Retrospective Score: 5