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MI-5 (2015)

Spooks: The Greater Good (original title)
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MI-5 is a movie starring Kit Harington, Peter Firth, and Jennifer Ehle. 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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Robert Vass
... June Keaton
Geoffrey Streatfeild ... Calum Reed
... Harry Pearce
... Philip Emerson
Matthew Walker ... Prison Van Officer
... Adem Qasim
... Francis Warrender
... Geraldine Maltby
... Oliver Mace
... Ed Lansbury
Luke Harris ... MI5 Officer
... Hamza Ahmadi
... Erin Watts
... Will Holloway
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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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4 December 2015 (USA)  »

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The name for the MI-5 spy mission was "Operation Silk Road". See more »

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Passengers travel on the shuttle train after going airside through security at Heathrow Terminal 5 to get to the 5B terminal and not before clearing security as depicted in the chase between Holloway and the MI5 officers.

(This sequence was originally scripted to be at Gatwick Airport - which does have shuttle trains between terminals. The sequence of events was kept for dramatic effect when production opted to shoot at Heathrow instead.) See more »

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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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Intelligent, British and Understated

For those who have billed this as an answer to Mission Impossible or The Bourne series... they are setting this up for a fall. It is not. But I don't think that has ever been the intention.

If you cut all of the stereotypical American patriotism and bravado, add a more intelligent approach (one too intricate for that US market). You're about there.

Although you won't be seeing Kit Harrington drop forty feet on a rope, catch a bead of sweat in slow motion, before it hits the floor sensors. You will see a nod to Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, and the internal corruption of the British Secret Service. Its well put together, takes you one way and then spins you 180.

Its a stimulating spy film, which engages the audience to actually have a think while watching it. As good as the M.I and Bourne franchises are, this is all together different. I have never seen Spooks on BBC, but this has pushed me to take a look at what I've been missing out on.

I unfairly went in with a low expectation of this film, and was pleasantly surprised.

A good watch, and one I wouldn't turn anyone away from. Though it does make you think... what am I missing out on, what do the public not find out about, how good are the MI5?


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