I spy a clas­sic

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Eguide DVDS - WITH CRAIG MILLER

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.

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