An old-fashioned espionage thriller, a necessary come back to the old style of making movies. The film was released in 2011 and the Oscar did not care much for it. The film was nominated in two categories, Gary Oldman as best actor and best original soundtrack, but it did not win either of them.
The plot is brilliant and the way the film goes holds your attention all the time and in two-hour movie, the viewer does not feel uncomfortable or bored. It is not a blockbuster movie and it is not an easy going movie, but it is that kind of movie that you must pay attention to and do not miss anything, otherwise you will feel lost. But do not worry, the movie does not need to strive to catch the viewer eyes.
The film is an adaptation from the same titled book Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John Le Carré: In the 1970s during the Cold War, the head of British Intelligence, Control (John Hurt), resigns after an operation in Budapest, Hungary goes badly wrong. It transpires that Control believed one of four senior figures in the service was in fact a Russian agent and the Hungary operation was an attempt to identify which of them it was. The main character Smiley, Gary Oldman, had been forced into retirement by the departure of Control, but is asked by a senior government figure to investigate a story told to him by a rogue agent, Ricky Tarr.
The casting is also very, very good, Gary Oldman, John Hurt, Mark Strong, Toby Jones, Colin Firth, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Tom Hardy.
The title in Portuguese is O espião que sabia demais, something like The spy who knew too much, not a bad title, but terrible comparing to the original one. The original title makes an analogy to chess. The tinker, tailor and soldier are common names for this game’s pieces. Control is the man playing chess and the pieces are the five suspects, who at the same time are protecting the king, the Russian agent.
Films like these shows that sometimes it is good and necessary to take your attention away from the great franchises and blockbusters. Movies with old formats can bring a nostalgia and new way to watch a story on the screen.