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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.


Bharat Nalluri


Jonathan Brackley (screenplay), Sam Vincent (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
4,540 ( 13)
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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


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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Loyalty is treason See more »


Action | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

4 December 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Neither Kit Harington, nor Jennifer Ehle had appeared in the TV series MI-5 (2002), from where the film originates. See more »


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 »


[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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Nothing special, just an OK spy based, thriller.
6 December 2015 | by subxerogravitySee all my reviews

Watching Kit Harrington run around the screen for 90mins was not really that exciting. Nowhere near as exciting as when Tom Cruise does it in the Mission: Impossible series. The Two are in the same boat as they both take the Helm of a movie based on a TV series.

MI: 5 is nothing like the sleek and polished (fictional) version of MI:6 from the Bond films. The movie gives a more down to Earth image of how her Majesty's security service (as it's put in the movie) really works.

Harrington plays an ex-spy reinlisted by MI:5 to find his old mentor and boss who has broken quite a few rules in order to track down a terrorist.

The movie is filled with some decent action thriller moments, but I was not too impressed with the espionage. It was kind of weak and corny the way secrets were revealed and pieces of the puzzle were found. a lot of this had to do with using Harrington strictly as an eye candy tool.

The character Harry Pearce was kind of cool as a spy who does his job a little too well. It was interesting watching him out smart other spies in the game in order to reach his most important goal. I don't think I've ever seen this style of patriotism in a British film.

Overall, it was a decent action movie to watch, but as an espionage movie, I felt that they did not even try to be imaginative with the cover ups and the deception, and as cool as it was watching Kit Harrington as a field agent, his purpose to draw in an audience lessened the quality of the picture.

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