Our Kind of Traitor

Our Kind of Traitor

Susanna White (2016)

103min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
What would you do if a mobster asked you for help? In this globetrotting spy thriller based on a John le Carré novel, a university lecturer named Perry (Ewan McGregor) is surprisingly amenable, having discovered that his new friend, Dima (Stellan Skarsgård), is the principle money launderer for the Russian mafia. Dima is concerned about the safety of his family, and he is looking for a way out, so he asks Perry to deliver classified information to MI6. Why does Perry agree? Director Susanna White (graduating from TV serials like Bleak House and Parade's End) never provides us with a satisfying explanation, and you keep wondering why he would risk his life for a man he barely knows. The plot does offer mild intrigue throughout, as Perry dices with danger, and it receives a lift whenever the focus shifts to Hector (Damian Lewis), the dogged MI6 agent who is working with Dima. Unfortunately, though, far too many scenes play out in a predictable manner and the end result is disappointingly average.

Summary

A couple are thrown into the murky world of espionage when they befriend a Russian money launderer, who asks them to smuggle classified information to the British secret services. The favour leads them on a perilous journey across Europe, with the Russian Mafia closing in on them. Spy thriller based on John le Carre's novel, starring Ewan McGregor and Naomie Harris.

Cast & Crew

Perry Ewan McGregor
Gail Naomie Harris
Dima Stellan Skarsgård
Hector Damian Lewis
Aubrey Longrigg Jeremy Northam
Billy Matlock Mark Gatiss
Tamara Saskia Reeves
Natasha Alicia von Rittberg
Niki Alec Utgoff
Ollie Mark Stanley
The Prince GrigorIy Dobrygin
Director Susanna White
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Studio CanalGuidance: Violence, swearing, sex scenes, drug abuse, nudity.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 13 May 2016
Drama