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Posts tagged ‘Britain’

Resistance (2011)

Directed by: Amit Gupta

3 stars

“I hope you understand”, the last words uttered in Resistance, express a sometimes futile wish. This first feature from director Gupta is at times very confusing – not because it tries to cram too much plot into its ninety-plus minute running time, but arguably too little. The story is economically told, which is often a virtue, and it quickly dispels any notion that it will be a conventional war movie. Instead, it unfolds in a leisurely but frequently elliptical fashion so that we struggle to piece together motivations and roles. Read more

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (2011)

Directed by: Tomas Alfredson

4 stars

London, 1973.  Control (John Hurt), the head of the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) chairs his last meeting of the Circus, his most senior officers: Percy Alleline (Toby Jones), Bill Haydon (Colin Firth), Toby Esterhase (David Dencik), Roy Bland (Ciarán Hinds) and George Smiley (Gary Oldman). Edgy, paranoid, and scoffed at by his government masters over his belief that there is a Soviet mole operating within the Circus, Control has initiated an operation to meet a defecting Hungarian general in Budapest, and get information from him about the mole.  But the mission has gone wrong … Read more

Kill List (2011)

Directed by : Ben Wheatley 

4 stars

Eight months after a job in Kiev went wrong, volatile hit-man Jay (Neil Maskell) is under financial pressure from wife Shel to get back to work, so when old partner Gal (Michael Smiley) tells him of a new job, he’s ready to bid farewell to wife and adored son. Read more