Spooks: The Greater Good

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Spooks: The Greater Good Review


The British espionage TV series arrives on the big screen without the same mega-budget as something like Mission: Impossible, which wouldn't be an issue if the script weren't so simplistic. While it's lacking in the character and story complexity needed to make it something special, it at least has an enjoyably twisty plot that plays with some very current themes, and the cast is thoroughly watchable. It's just a shame that the film never manages to surprise us.

It opens as the global terrorist Qasim (Elyes Gabel) is sprung from custody while he's being transferred in East London from Britain's MI5 to America's CIA. Clearly there was a leak, so MI5 boss Harry (Peter Firth) goes rogue to sort out the mess and recapture Qasim. Meanwhile, British intelligence officials (including Jennifer Ehle and Tim McInnerny) recall ex-agent Will (Kit Harington), because he has a relationship with Harry. Working with another agent, June (Tuppence Middleton), Will secretly locates Harry and begins to work with him to defuse the situation, all while there's a significant threat of a major terrorist attack on London. Meanwhile, there are hints that all of this is meant to destabilise MI5 so the CIA can take over.

Describing the plot makes it sound like it's operating on several levels, but director Bharat Nalluri keeps everything extremely straightforward. Wrinkles in the story feel oddly matter-of-fact, so the film's momentum never really fluctuates: it just continues on a steady pace forward, exactly like an extended episode of a television series. There are the usual chase scenes, international settings, explosions, ambushes and revelations, but it's more like a checklist of elements that need to be included than a proper trajectory for a story. And the characters never seem to have a life outside the events depicted on screen, which leaves them strangely uninvolving.

As he demonstrates on Game of Thrones, Harington holds the attention with his on-screen charisma. As a guy trying desperately to do the right thing, he's the one person we trust enough to root for. His interaction with the terrific Firth gives the film what weight it has, while the vague flirtation between Harington and Middleton never amounts to much. Still, the script does at least address the morality of the espionage business, as it boils down to true believers verses actual good guys. So even if it never deepens into something that feels momentous, at least it has a blandly polished look that and pace make it comfortably familiar.



Spooks: The Greater Good

Facts and Figures

Genre: Thriller

Run time: 104 mins

In Theaters: Friday 8th May 2015

Production compaines: Shine Pictures

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 2.5 / 5

Cast & Crew

Director:

Producer: Jane Featherstone, , Ollie Madden

Starring: as Will Crombie, as Geraldine Maltby, as Erin Watts, as Qasim, as June, as Mace, as Warrender, as Harry Pearce, Eleanor Matsuura as Hannah Santo, as Russian pimp, Ronan Summers as Ed Lansbury, Elliot Levey as Emerson, Michael Wildman as Robert Vass, Laura Swift as Hyperventilating MI5 Agent, as Russian Henchmen, as Police officer, Elizabeth Conboy as Security woman, David Wurawa as Salvatella, Graham Curry as MI5 Surveillance Analyst, Shina Shihoko Nagai as MI5 Agent, as Henchman, Brian Hanford as US Marine, Jason Thomas Brown as Van driver in traffic jam, Maria Teresa Creasey as Information Desk Worker, Max Cavenham as MI5 Agent, Luke Harris as MI5 Agent, Amra Mallassi as The Henchman, Nikos Poursanidis as Security Guard, Amelia Donkor as Parking Attendant, Russell Wilcox as Henchman, Dario Parlato as Henchman, Dominic Garfield as Russian Girl, Natasha Radski as Driver in Traffic Jam (uncredited)

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