An intelligence officer is recalled from retirement when there are signs that one of the top-ranking officers of the British Secret Intelligence Service is a Soviet mole.
The stillness of Gary Oldman in “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’’ is magnificent to behold. We’re so used to star performances that announce themselves with twitches and tics, accents and earnestness, but what Oldman does as the British intelligence expert George Smiley is an acrobatic feat of minimalism. Smiley is the pasty-faced wonk of the crew running the Secret Intelligence Services, a.k.a. MI6, in the 1970s, and when the film opens, his career appears to be over. Along with his mentor, the Chairman (John Hurt), he has been forced into retirement. To add to the indignity, his wife is cheating on him with a smooth-talking co-worker. Smiley is done, finished, a used-up man.
TTSS is worth seeing if only for Gary Oldman's mesmerizing performance as George Smiley. There's an unearthly calm to the character that belies what's going on behind the man's eyes. And Oldman, who is only 53, completely tranformed himself physically into a 60 something year old just by the way he carried himself. The rest of the cast if fantastic as well, particularly Mark Strong and Tom Hardy. Not worth renting? It's worth owning.
Saw Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy on Friday Jan 20. Don't believe the critics. TTSS is one of the WORST made films I've seen in the last 10 years. I gave it a 1.0 out of 5. TTSS is based on John Le Carré book of the same name about finding a Russian mole in the highest office of English intelligence service MI5. I'm still looking for a story line and some character development never mind the spy who suddenly is exposed with absolutely no reasoning at the end of this disaster. Save your money. NOT even worth a rental!