Most people that go to the movies are looking for mind candy; something that is as easily digested as the popcorn you ingest. If you are in search of a brain cocktail, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy will put you into a coma; but if you are looking for subject matter that might engage the synapses of your grey matter, you will find this film engaging.
Tinker Tailor, which is based on John le Carre’s novel, and was also performed as a series by the BBC during 1979 with Alec Guinness in the title role, brings the Cold War back to life. I never thought that I would yearn for the good old days of the Cold War, but watching a story that doesn’t take place in a desert or a palace with terrorist running about, was quite refreshing.
A mole has penetrated the British MI6 and George Smiley (Gary Oldman) is brought in to catch the traitor. Smiley is a “spy’s spy,” who uses a reserved countenance as part of his observation technique. Smiley has a small group of agents (played by Tom Hardy, Toby Jones, Colin Firth, and Kathy Burke) in the cross hairs of his scope, but he just can’t seem to pull the trigger.
Tinker Tailor will take every ounce of concentration that you have in order to make sense of it. If you are looking for some prime time spy noir: this is it.
(Rated PG-127 minutes)
My Rating: 4 out of 5 Secret Agents.