When her husband, Lee, is murdered, Sarah Manning comes to realize that she knows nothing about his past. Sarah begins to question who Lee actually was and what he did in his work for a ... See full summary »
A novelist's life ricochets from 1920s Paris to '50s New York and '80s London. Along the way he meets Ernest Hemingway, Ian Fleming and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor - the exiled British king and his mistress Wallis Simpson.
1976:- Ruth Gilmartin (Michelle Dockery) visits her mother Sally (Charlotte Rampling) in rural Cambridgeshire and is amazed to learn she is a Russian refugee born Eva Delectorskaya, recruited as a spy by the British in 1939. After narrowly escaping death in the Netherlands, Eva (Hayley Atwell) is sent to America to seduce the married Mason Harding (Bertie Carvel), an adviser to the President, to find out if the Americans intend joining the war, a mission she successfully accomplishes. However, a second assignment is to supply a map to American agents supposedly outlining a planned German invasion of the States, but Eva spots errors in the map, informing her spy master and lover Lucas Romer (Rufus Sewell) and other colleagues. Though the map fools the President, Eva survives an attempt to kill her, and as her fellow spies die one by one, is convinced she was betrayed. Even in the 1970s, many years after the event, she believes her life is in danger and shocks Ruth by buying a shotgun ...Written by
When Eva and Lucas first go to New York, the scene is set by an American flag hanging from the corner of a building. Unfortunately, it is a 50-star flag, which did not come into use until Hawaii was admitted as the 50th state in 1960. See more »
Having been introduced to Atwell in the Captain America movies, I have become quite a fan. I loved her in Agent Carter and hope for the series to continue regularly; so was very interested to find that she was in a movie - a TV movie but still a movie nonetheless. I have also become a fan of Dockery's, whom I first saw in Downton Abbey, and I think these two are my favourite British actresses, in historical dramas anyway. So the acting is great, though Atwell can not really pass as Russian, plus her 'Russian' accent changed too fast to be believable.
Also, I like the atmosphere of the past better than the present. It feels more authentic, and there was more action there I guess. I was not as interested in the present than I was of the past and the events that happened. But the juxtaposition of the two times was done really well. Action scenes were executed impressively as well with some very thrilling sequences.
I'm not really sure what the significance of Ruth's son was, and her relationship with Karl-Heinz (Alexander Fehling) because maybe it added some depth to her character but the characters seem kind of pointless. Also, it added some confusion to the story as I was wondering what he was involved in when it didn't really affect the main story anyway.
I did not much like the ending as well. The music makes me think something bad happens but it just ends. So yea, I was hoping for a better ending. I like how the story concluded, but the ending scenes just felt like something was missing.
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