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MI-5 (2015)

Spooks: The Greater Good (original title)
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When a terrorist escapes custody during a routine handover, Will Holloway must team with disgraced MI5 Intelligence Chief Harry Pearce to track him down before an imminent terrorist attack on London.

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Bharat Nalluri

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Wildman ... Robert Vass
Tuppence Middleton ... June Keaton
Geoffrey Streatfeild Geoffrey Streatfeild ... Calum Reed
Peter Firth ... Harry Pearce
Elliot Levey ... Philip Emerson
Matthew Walker Matthew Walker ... Prison Van Officer
Elyes Gabel ... Adem Qasim
David Harewood ... Francis Warrender
Jennifer Ehle ... Geraldine Maltby
Tim McInnerny ... Oliver Mace
Ronan Summers ... Ed Lansbury
Luke Harris Luke Harris ... MI5 Officer
Amra Mallassi ... Hamza Ahmadi
Lara Pulver ... Erin Watts
Kit Harington ... Will Holloway
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Storyline

MI5 personnel are caught up in a traffic jam in London while escorting the CIA's most wanted terrorist to an arranged CIA handover point, when he is suddenly rescued by armed men on motorbikes. Harry Pearce, the head of Counter-Terrorism at MI5 is blamed for the terrorist escaping. Especially as Harry disappeared shortly after the incident. An ex-agent, Will Holloway, and protégé of Harry's is recalled by MI5 to assist in finding and bringing Harry in. However Harry has disappeared for a reason. Certain that there is a traitor in a senior position in MI5, he enlists the somewhat reluctant Will to help him in uncovering the rat or rats concerned. Written by Woodland Outlaw

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When you lie for a living, who can you trust? See more »

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Action | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for violence and some language | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 December 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

MI-5 See more »

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Star Kit Harington received training from an ex-SAS soldier, so he could believably play a former MI5 agent in this film. See more »

Goofs

In the ground shots, the Walkie Talkie tower (20 Fenchurch Street) is not yet complete, and cranes are visible on the roof. Yet in the aerial shots, it is finished and the cranes are gone. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Robert Vass: I spy with my little eye, something beginning with - R. If you can't get it, you do a forfeit.
June Keaton: Rain?
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Commercialism hits everything in the end
20 November 2015 | by kennedyaaronSee all my reviews

I am a humongous fan of the Spooks TV series (MI5 to our American friends) and really got my hopes up when I found out a feature film was coming out as a follow up to the ending of series 10, which did itself need a lot of redeeming.

If you're a fan of gritty British films, and prefer Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy over your run-of-the-mill bullet fest, this film could well be for you. Strong cinematography throughout, and it's clear that this is written - in a way - to honor Spooks and keep it alive, but little things like the set design of the new Grid just ruin the atmosphere that the old Spooks stayed strict to, for a reason. That however was nowhere near as bad as the films "Main" characters. I say "Main" because there weren't really any, just a group of monotone bores, a youthful touch from Kit Harrington (the writer personifies his idea of revitalizing the show) and Peter Firth, stretching his ability to always be the rock of the team to the limit by making him the only life in the movie.

It's amazing that throughout the first 6, maybe 7 series of Spooks, every spectator felt like they were watching a 2 hour film squeezed into an hour slot. Spooks:The Greater Good feels like a 50 minute TV show stretched into 104 minutes, without any added storyline or plot developments.

If you've never watched Spooks, you're mad and you're missing out, but watch this film first. You'll probably like it, it's confident in its approach, strictly realistic and contains a fantastic Peter Firth performance. But once you've done that, go back to Series 1 of Spooks and watch the whole thing. The film won't be so annoying to you that way.


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