Director: Tomas Alfredson
Starring: Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, Mark Strong, Ciarán Hinds, John Hurt, Benedict Cumberbatch
This is a Hollywood version of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy adapted from John le Carré‘s novel. The 1979 seven-part BBC series is a more faithful version of the book, but the movie is good and well worth seeing on the big screen. A complicated plot which does require your full attention so may not suit the back-seat neckers and popcorn munchers but great viewing none the less. Set during the Cold War in 1973, the head of the British, MI6, Control (John Hurt) is convinced there is a Russian mole at the top of the secret committee (the Circus). Before an internal investigation can get underway, Control and his right-hand man George Smiley (Gary Oldman) are disgraced and given early retirement . After Control dies, Smiley is recalled to find the mole. The more he uncovers the more complex things become. A well told story full of clues which needs your full attention but the effort is well compensated. Impeccable performances from Gary Oldman and the rest of the cast, this is undoubtedly, one of the best movies of 2012. Great characterization and definitely not to be missed.