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Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, SzzzzZZZZ…. Jan 27

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, SpyTinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy – NOT a Thriller

Anyone else a feel little disappointed by this movie?

I’ve decided that you can’t call your movie a Thriller if A) no one runs in it, and B) the protagonist is never shown to be in any real danger.

An intense Espionage Drama? Sure. But a Thriller? That’s a bit of a stretch in my opinion. Damn you false advertising!

And what was the big fuss over Gary Oldman’s performance? Solid acting to be sure — but some of the reviews were making it sound like it was the role of his life.

Or maybe it was — what do you think? Was his performance understated, nuanced and bravura? Or was it just stoic, boring and unchallenging?

Did the trailer or the commercials have you feeling a little deceived when you finally saw the movie? Or was it just me? Let me know!

Category: Movie Reviews, Trailers
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  1. PlucharC says:

    I have to say, I’m a sucker for this particular genre, so the lack of more “thrilling” elements initially went unnoticed during the first viewing. But now that you mention it, I think you nailed the reason I only enjoyed it and didn’t rave about it to family and friends, demanding they see it for themselves.

  2. Trevor Mayes says:

    Hey Chris, thanks for the feedback. I usually dig this genre as well, but I found that I couldn’t “play along” with the investigation like I usually can. Gary Oldman would just divine the next move, or would read through some papers, or send his guy in to grab some books… The discovery was done in the character’ heads, so it was difficult to connect the dots at times.

    The Day of the Jackal… now *there’s* a brilliant espionage thriller! Or No Way Out — big time thriller. What are your favorite movies in this genre?

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