Based on John le Carre’s 1974 novel, this movie looks old, even though it was made in 2011. That’s because it’s set in the Cold War.
Given the prominence of Russian spying in the news, it’s worth revisiting the Cold War, because spying hasn’t changed. Most Americans are woefully ignorant of how tradecraft works and to what extremes intelligence agencies will go.
Despite our current focus on hacking, it always goes back to people; and every person can be manipulated.
This movie is a classic example of show, don’t tell. You have to really pay attention to figure out what is going on. A little knowledge of the Cold War is helpful.
Gary Oldman was nominated for an Oscar for his role as George Smiley. The screenplay was nominated for best adapted.
The movie is full of twists and turns, but ultimately is a very simple plot once you understand the premise. In our present day of immediate gratification, the ability to play the long game, which good spymasters are capable of, is critical to success.
Also, even though it was a “Cold War” plenty of people were dying. Just like spies and informants are dying now.
If you have not watched it, Cool Gus says you must. Right now.
Four paws up and a double belly rub.
BTW, Area 51: Redemption will be out in six weeks and the pre-order is live for the eBook. Print and audio ordering will be live prior to publication. Very excited about this new title jump-starting my all time bestselling series. All the piece from the original Area 51 books have a role and the series now moves in a thriller new direction! Nothing belly rubs and good times ahread.
Originally published at bobmayer.com on March 8, 2018.