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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

January 13, 2012

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is a sly espionage film told with style, mood and anxiety.  Tinker is a game of chess made up of world-class chess players.

This film should be a lesson on how to make an intelligent thriller. The lighting is fantastic, the script is intriguing and Gary Oldman is a gangster with glasses. I love that one of the world’s best spies needs glasses. He can see everything but needs help doing it.

The film focuses on Gary Oldman hunting down a traitor who is giving information to the Russians. The problem is finding out which master spy has flipped sides. That is like Muhammad Ali trying to find a traitor by boxing Rocky Marciano, Larry Holmes, Mike Tyson and Joe Frazier. Ali is the best but it is going to hurt.

These spies are not going to box but there will be a lot of mental and verbal sparring. They will look for chinks in the armor and the smallest of clues. I loved every second of it.  I can’t wait to see it again now that I’ve absorbed the initial experience.

Have fun watching Oldman hunt.

Tinker Tailor also has three of my favorite actors playing key roles. Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock, War Horse), Mark Strong (Kick-Ass) and Tom Hardy (Warrior).

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