I spy a classic
Considering British actor Gary Oldman’s stellar and varied string of performances over his three decades in the business, it’s somewhat hard to fathom that his work here was the first time ‘‘ The Academy’’ saw him worthy of a nomination for best actor. Mind you, they have saved it for when he absolutely rocks it. A perfect blend of reservation and depth, he stars as a recently retired British intelligence officer who is brought out of his forced retirement to find a Russian double agent who supposedly sits high in MI6. The original source material, based on John Le Carre’s novel, is set during the Cold War in the 1970s, and the production design is spot on.
Those looking for a fastpace thriller will be disappointed with the goingson here as they are slow and deliberately built but the payoff for those who delight in getting deep within the drama is definitely here. Extras: Not viewed Commentary with Gary Oldman and director Tomas Alfredson, interview with author John Le Carre and deleted scenes.