Saturday, January 14, 2012


Pay CLOSE ATTENTION to Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy as it is complicated; even if you don't "get" most of it, one can enjoy this film anyway for the dark, haunting cinematography, and the stoic performance by that excellent actor Gary Oldman as George Smiley, and a great performance by John Hurt as his boss whose weary face reveals the horrors and strain of the job and all that that he has seen and experienced.

My friends and I were riveted to the screen, though not always sure where we were in time and place. I was not bored at all, but drank in the cold-war atmosphere and the spy game - where everyone is suspect and every look is filled with suspicion. No James Bond antics - fast cars, womanizing and gadgets - just plain old digging into files, and other quiet, albeit tedious grunt work with Smiley's sharp intellect putting the puzzle all together - often with bloody and dangerous consequences.

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