Wednesday 15TH February 2012



2011 UK/Rest of World  Cert 15  2hr 07min

Director: Tomas Alfredson

Cast: Gary Oldman, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ciaran Hinds, Colin Firth, David Dencik, John Hurt, Kathy Burke, Mark Strong, Simon McBurney, Toby Jones, Tom Hardy

As spymaster George Smiley, Oscar-nominated Gary Oldman heads one of the most impressive ensemble casts in recent memory in a mesmerising adaptation of John le Carré’s complex Seventies-set Cold War story.

Though the labyrinthine plot is all about the search for a Russian mole within British intelligence, director Tomas Alfredson is less concerned with fashioning an adrenaline-fuelled espionage thriller than with developing his characters, a gallery of faded idealists and increasingly isolated middle-aged men.

It’s near-miraculous how the famously dense source material has been reshaped into such a taut and riveting film, while remaining true to le Carré’s vision.

Alfredson, feted Swedish director of Let the Right One In, ensures the whole thing is suitably stark and almost perversely banal – with Smiley (a brilliant thinker but, in several ways, a deficient human being) about as far removed from the patriotic glamour of James Bond as it’s possible to get.

From the immaculate period detail of the production design, free of nostalgia, to Alberto Iglesias’s elegiac score everything is close to perfection – as are performances from supporting players of the calibre of Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, John Hurt, Mark Strong and Benedict Cumberbatch.                                                            Review: The Telegraph

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