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Starring Brian Cox, "The Game" is a 1970s Cold War spy thriller set in the world of espionage. It tells the story of the invisible war fought by MI5 as it battles to protect the nation from the threats of the Cold War.
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I'm usually a sucker for these British spy stories so when I saw the good reviews and started watching (tho not expecting another Tinker Tailor) I was expecting to be entertained on at least some level.
Oh dear. 'disappointment' would be too kind a word.
First of all, not too many minutes in, it becomes apparent that the lead actor has no qualities whatsoever. A blank. Well I take that back, he has boyish good looks which is totally out of place for his character. He might be a good actor, but one would never know it from this series. However the bad (or non) acting is not restricted to him. This aspect is spread pretty evenly throughout the cast who all are vying for top honors in this department with the exception being Brian Cox and a couple of the minor characters.
The stupid and uninspired script shows that however talented the writer was on other projects, this kind of story is not up his street. Ridiculous plot development and inane, clichéd dialog does not help the actors who undoubtedly are shown to poor advantage. As someone else pointed out, if the 'tradecraft' of these amateur hour intelligence folks was used in real life (whatever that is), the West would have gone under along time ago.
However, the director should not be held blameless when all else is so bad. Aren't directors supposed to make silk purses...
On a happier note, the photography of the series is very good
Believe me, I hate to dump on all these people as I know they tried to make something good. Unfortunately it did not work out.
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