Friday, March 30, 2012

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Blu-ray Review

AN ALL-STAR CAST LED BY OSCAR NOMINEE GARY OLDMAN AND OSCAR WINNER COLIN FIRTH CAPTIVATES IN THE BRILLIANT ESPIONAGE THRILLER
TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY

NOMINATED FOR THREE ACADEMY AWARDS - BEST ACTOR,
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY, AND BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
“PERHAPS THE GREATEST SPY TALE OF OUR TIME”- KENNETH TURAN, LOS ANGELES TIMES


OVERVIEW:  Things aren’t always as they seem in the Oscar®-nominated, suspenseful, and stylish thriller from director Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One In), based on the classic novel by John le Carré. Focus Features’ Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy will be available on Blu-ray™Combo Pack with UltraViolet™,on DVD,on Digital Download and On-Demand March 20, 2012, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.  At the height of the Cold War, Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service (SIS), a.k.a. MI6 and code-named the Circus, has been compromised.  An ever-watchful former top lieutenant and career spy, George Smiley (Gary Oldman, The Dark Knight, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix ), is called out of retirement by the government to help identify and track a suspected mole at the top of the agency.  The list of suspects is narrowed to five men.  Even before the startling truth is revealed, the emotional and physical tolls on the players enmeshed in the deadly international spy game will escalate…Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is Academy Award®-nominated for Best Actor (Gary Oldman), Best Adapted Screenplay (Bridget O’Connor & Peter Straughan), and Best Original Score (Alberto Iglesias); and is nominated for 11 BAFTA Awards including Best Film and Best Actor.

Also starring Oscar® winner Colin Firth (The King’s Speech) with Benedict Cumberbatch (“Sherlock”), David Dencik (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Tom Hardy (Inception), Ciarán Hinds (The Debt), Oscar® nominee John Hurt (Midnight Express), Toby Jones (The Hunger Games), and Mark Strong (Robin Hood), Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is “a pleasurably sly and involving puzzler” (Manohla Dargis, The New York Times) and showcases “easily one of the year’s best pictures – Gary Oldman gives a performance that is flawless in every detail.” (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone).


I love smart movies, and make no mistake, this movie is one of them. Based on the novel of the same name that was written in 1974 by French author John le Carre, this movie has more twist than a pretzel and more intelligence than Albert Einstein.

Making its box office debut to audiences in France and the UK, this film was a huge success, earning back four times its budget. The reason for the successful reception can only be understood by watching the film. It is a good movie, you get the feeling that it will be when you start watching it. That feeling turns into certainty with each passing scene. I have never read the book that the film is based off of, but it must be good if the two are similar to one another.

Following the plot, which develops very quickly, requires that you pay the closest attention to the details. It can get a little confusing, the whole film is about spys, espionage, and double agent led games of cat and mouse. The plot is very intriguing and will make you want to watch it to its conclusion.

The only thing I can’t figure out is why this movie never saw an American box office release. It is a very appealing film and I think it would have been well received by us “Westerners”. Of course, taking some of the recent “high-profile” flops into consideration, waiting for the disk release to introduce we Americans to the movie might not have been such a bad idea.


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1 Sweet Comments:

  1. John le Carré is not French. He is very (very) English. http://www.johnlecarre.com/author

    The French confusion probably comes from first the addition of 'le' in the British author's nom-de-plume and the presence of the three French companies that were involved (along with 4 other production companies): Studio Canal (British), Karla Films (British), Paradis Films (French), Kinowelt Filmproduktion (German), Working Title Films (American), Canal+ (French Television, sort of like our PBS), CinéCinéma (French).

    The film's director, Tomas Alfredson, is Swedish; making this a truly European production.

    The film was only released in France in February of this year: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1340800/releaseinfo It debuted at the Venice Film Festival in September of last year (along with the other prestige Oscar hopefuls). The film first had an Oscar qualifying release (NY & LA) in December of 2011. It was then in limited release in the US (that means basically New York and LA with a few places like San Francisco, Saint Louis, Boston and Austin Texas that have big art film communities added); then it had 'wide' release for about two months and even then not very wide. As you point out it is curious that it didn't get more push given that the star, Gary Oldman, was nominated for an Oscar for the role but it certainly was released in the US.

    Just a note! Great review though. I think this is a truly great movie though as you point out, not for the lazy; it makes you think.

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