Based on the classic novel of the same name, the international thriller is set at the height of the Cold War years of the mid-20th Century. George Smiley (Gary Oldman), a disgraced British spy, is rehired in secret by his government - which fears that the British Secret Intelligence Service, a.k.a. MI-6, has been compromised by a double agent working for the Soviets.
Georges Smiley est l'un des meilleurs agents du «Cirque», quartier général des services secrets britanniques. Alors qu'il vient à peine de prendre sa retraite, le cabinet du premier ministre fait de nouveau appel à lui. Le centre de Moscou, leur ennemi juré, aurait un agent double, infiltré au sein du Cirque. Smiley est chargé de démasquer la taupe parmi ses anciens collègues. Adaptation du roman à succès de John le Carré.
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
is all sleek, stealthy elegance. High-ranking intelligence officer George Smiley (Gary Oldman) was forced out of service when a mission in Hungary went very wrong, but rumors of a Soviet mole hidden within the agency bring him back into play. If the theory of the former head, Control (John Hurt), is to be believed, the mole is at the very top, one of four senior officers, played by Toby Jones, Ciarán Hinds, Colin Firth, and David Dencik (of the Swedish Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
). With the help of a lower-ranking agent with a few secrets of his own (Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock
) and a field agent who may be a source of disinformation (Tom Hardy, Inception
), Smiley slowly draws out the clues he needs to lay a trap for the mole. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
moves gracefully, with brief but unhurried scenes that give a hint of information here, a dollop of implication there, until the larger picture (painted in a cinematic chiaroscuro of grays, blues, and browns) comes tantalizingly into focus. Don't expect Hitchcock-like suspense, though there are a few anxious sequences; this movie captures the blend of dread and bureaucracy that marks real-life intelligence work. Oldman plays Smiley as uncannily opaque and, on the surface, harmless--but his eyes hold a deep bitterness that can turn sorrowful or cruel. The masterful cast glides through the film, their subterfuges and machinations orchestrated like a dance by director Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One In
). --Bret Fetzer