Two ex-government agents turned rival industrial spies have to be at the top of their game when one of their companies prepares to launch a major product. However, they distract each other in more ways than one.
In 1993, the IRA member Collette is arrested in the London tube after leaving a bomb in the facility. MI-5 Agent Mac offers a deal to Collette to become an informer. She accepts the agreement to protect her son and in return Mac offers a new identity to her after a period working for the MI-5. Soon Mac learns that his superior Kate Fletcher is using Collette to protect her mole inside the Irish organization. Mac tries to find the identity of the informer and protect Collette. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Clive Owen originally turned down the part of Mac due to scheduling conflicts. See more »
When the car carrying the agents and Collette pulls up underneath an archway to bring her in for questioning, both rear car doors open and both agents and Collette get out. In the next shot, only the right rear car door is open and the agent on the right hand side is open and then Collette and the other agent get out. See more »
[to his sister following an assassination]
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This is a great movie from so many angles. At first it has what appears to be a slow tempo but one that sucks you in and has you "biting your fingernails" - yup, without realising it, you're hooked.... and genuinely frightened. Owen and Riseborough are flawless and their characters are addictive. But they aren't the only excellent performances that come out - Colette's brothers and lest I forget, her Mother.
James Marsh is recognised as a serious talent but one is never certain this movie will go down in the States as much as us Europeans may enjoy it. It should do, because it is not a Northern Ireland film per say - its a great thriller.
I read the book and really enjoyed it - but that was a few years ago. With this film, Marsh shows he "got it" and then took it further and, like any great Director - showed the reader there is so much more to it, without in any way veering off course. That is the difference between good and great, for me anyway. I can't wait for his next film - I want more, "now".
Then, there's the book - maybe I'll go and find it on my shelves and get lost in it again. It still stands out as a great read, even if it was a while ago.
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