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Spooks: the Greater Good
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The BBC TV British intelligence services drama
ended in 2011 after ten cracking series that exported well. The first big-screen spin-off, which revisits familiar London locations and similar dramatic territory, is essentially an extended bonus episode. This will please fans but may leave cinema-goers spoilt by Bond and Bourne with the feeling that - despite the international terror threat - it's all rather parochial. It's written and directed by experienced alumni of the series, and anchored to Peter Firth's dreadnought MI5 boss Harry Pearce (flanked by familiar faces Lara Pulver, Tim McInnerny and Hugh Simon), but the film's commercial new asset is hairy Kit Harington, hot from
Game of Thrones
. His retired, sulky protégé is brought back into the fold to foil an imminent attack on the capital (a
standby), threatened by Elyes Gabel's charismatic terrorist. A couple of effective set pieces aside (one at the South Bank; another within the Pinewood-built underground HQ), this strains to fill its extra 40 minutes and Harington proves an underpowered lead compared to TV forebears Matthew Macfadyen, Keeley Hawes or Richard Armitage.
A terrorist escapes custody during a prisoner handover when the convoy he is being transported in is attacked, leading to a CIA operative being killed and relations becoming frayed between British and American intelligence agencies. MI5 officer Will Holloway must team up with disgraced intelligence chief Harry Pearce to track him down before an imminent terrorist attack on London. Spy thriller, starring Kit Harington and Peter Firth.
Cast & Crew
20th Century Fox
Violence, swearing, sexual references.
DVD and Blu-ray
8 May 2015
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