Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (DVD)

Tomas Alfredson

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (DVD)
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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (DVD)

Tomas Alfredson

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is all sleek, stealthy elegance. High-ranking intelligence officer George Smiley (Gary Oldman) was forced out of service when a mission in Hungary went very wrong, but rumors of a Soviet mole hidden within the agency bring him back into play. If the theory of the former head, Control (John Hurt), is to be believed, the mole is at the very top, one of four senior officers, played by Toby Jones, Ciar n Hinds, Colin Firth, and David Dencik (of the Swedish Girl with the Dragon Tattoo).

With the help of a lower-ranking agent with a few secrets of his own (Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock) and a field agent who may be a source of disinformation (Tom Hardy, Inception), Smiley slowly draws out the clues he needs to lay a trap for the mole.


Hardly famed as an instrument of understatement, Gary Oldman nevertheless proves just that as George Smiley, John le Carré’s frog-mouthed MI6 spook in this new adaptation from Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One In).

Sapped of the chic and kinesis that have come to monopolise our expectations of espionage movies, what remains here is an evocative tone poem of disappointment and regret whose elegant manner of imparting narrative data via subtle sound editing and wunderkammer mise-en-scène make this a film to be both pored over and savoured.

With Colin Firth, John Hurt, Benedict Cumberbatch, Mark Strong, Tom Hardy, Toby Jones and Ciarán Hinds in supporting roles.

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