Cast / crew
Intelligence Analyst Johnny Warricker is left standing without a chair but with a potentially damaging file when his friend and MI5 Director General Benedict Baron dies (of natural causes). As he tries to discover what the import of the information in the file is, his life is complicated by a beautiful neighbour who is trying to find out the truth regarding her brother’s death in Iraq.
This is full of people saying writerly things and, like wrong hair, suffers from being unconvincing and inexplicable enough to distract, not least in a baffling would-be romantic relationship between Bill Nighy and Rachel Weisz. But this low-key espionage drama is largely intriguing, interesting and watchable. Michael Gambon is the clear cast stand out largely because he’s having so much fun and it’s infectious but Nighy and Weisz are also terrific, despite writer / director David Hare stupidly insisting on a romantic attraction. While his performance is fine, Ralph Fiennes doesn’t work as Prime Minister simply because he hasn’t got enough hair. It’s the wrong hair.
This movie contains sexual swear words.
Classified 15 by BBFC. Suitable only for persons of 15 years and over.