Sunday, February 19, 2012

MOVIE REVIEW: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Running Time: 127 minutes
Nominations: 3 (Best Actor: Gary Oldman; Best Adapted Screenplay; Best Original Score)
Availability in the US: Now in Theatres
MPAA: Rated R for violence, some sexuality/nudity and language

During the Cold War, veteran MI6 agent George Smiley (Gary Oldman) comes out of retirement to root out a Soviet spy within the agency.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy may be a spy film, but it is most certainly not an action film. The action unfolds at a snail's pace—typical for British dramas—and very little happens. Ultimately, the film contains worthy performances from Oldman and last year's Best Actor winner Colin Firth (The King's Speech), but, unless you really love Cold War films, this is one to skip.

First-time nominee Oldman is certainly long overdue for Academy recognition, but this will not be his year. His performance is the least showy of the nominees, and the film itself is mediocre. The film is also unlikely to contend in either the screenplay or scoring category.

Grade: C+

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