Made and promoted as a long story-driven commercial for the Jaguar car company, the short follows a sharp-dressed car courier in a Mexican desert who agrees to help a beautiful armed woman on the run from her jealous gangster husband.
When Perry and his wife, Gail, cross paths with the charismatic Dima on their Moroccan holiday, the forceful Russian is quick to challenge Perry to a friendly game of tennis. But this innocuous contest is not all it seems - Dima is a long-time servant of the Russian mafia, whose new boss, 'The Prince', wants him and his family dead. His only hope is to ask the unsuspecting Perry to broker him sanctuary with the British intelligence services, in return for exposing a vein of corruption that runs right to the heart of the City of London. Soon they find themselves on a tortuous journey through Paris to a safe house in the Swiss Alps and, with the might of the Russian mafia closing in, begin to realize this particular match has the highest stakes of all.Written by
Director Susanna White's emphasis on her delicate balancing act of action and acting impressed cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle and helped to entice the Oscar and BAFTA winner for Slumdog Millionaire (2008) to come aboard the project. Mantle said: "In our original meeting Susanna made certain references to family amidst this world of violence and embezzling and financial exploitation. The bottom line for Dima (Stellan Skarsgård), one of our main characters, is that everything he does is based on what he feels is of worth in his life. This is not money or luxury apartments but his family and their future and their survival. I liked that Susanna wanted to make that a significant, underlying element. That Dima, for all his violence and historical corruption seems an incredibly likeable and adorable and enigmatic person. I think that's what's interesting about the film. I'm not the least bit interested what country you travel to, it's about how these people travel in relation to each other and their journeys, particularly Ewan's character and certainly Stellan's journey at the end." See more »
Swiss license plates have the letter code of the canton on the left. In the movie they are on the right. In addition, the letter code for Bern, according to the flag on the plate, would be "BE" and not "LR". See more »
Give this to your MI6. Tell them you have a gift from the number one money launderer from the Russian mafia.
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Written by Jerry Lorden (as Jerry Lordan)
Published by EMI Music Publishing Ltd./Francis Fay & Hunter Ltd.
Performed by The Incredible Bongo Band (as Incredible Bongo Band)
Licensed courtesy of Mr. Bongo Worldwide Ltd. See more »
Kind of a disappointment
I just learned that this is based on a Le Carré book. I only had read one book by him and didn't like it. I watched a mini series based on another one of his books, The night manager, and didn't like it either, so I am guessing his writing is not my cup of tea.
I loved the cinematography, very nice shots of the Alps. Stellan Skarsgård is great as a Russian mobster. I think Ewan McGregor is a superb actor, but this role is pretty weak.
The plot is very weak, and I really didn't care much for the characters. But most important, I just couldn't believe Ewan's character would do something like this.
So the premise of the movie is flawed, at least for me. A bit of a disappointment overall. I don't think things were resolved well.
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