Our kind of traitor

The last film adapted from a John le Carré novel I saw was the exquisite A most wanted man with Philip Seymour Hoffman in his last great performance. Our kind of traitor is another fine example of excellent filmmaking. John le Carré’s novels are full with complex international intrigues and maneuvers. But le Carré is not making up that stuff, it is only mirroring what is happening in the political world, past and present. Our kind of traitor is about Perry and Gail (Ewan McGregor and Naomie Harris), a London couple vacationing in Marrakesh. At the hotel bar Perry meets Russian mafioso Dima (Stellan Skarsgård) along with his wife and children. Dima is loud, boisterous and very intimidating to the young couple. Gail, a lawyer, does not trust him. It gets even worse when Dima asks Perry to do something for him. Dima wants Perry to bring information on a USB drive to the British intelligence. The information is about which British politicians are helping the Russian mafia launder money. In exchange, Dima hopes he and his family can defect to England. But British intelligence agent Hector (Homeland‘s Damian Lewis) is having trouble selling the idea to his boss, so he has to act quickly without the ‘go ahead’ from the head office. Although she was reluctant to help at first, Gail eventually sides with Perry to help Dima and his family. I liked that film. I was swept by the ingenuity of  le Carré’s plot and its labyrinthine complexity. It is a difficult weave to work with. But director Susanna White works tirelessly with many attention to details. Every part has been cast with care. From Dima’s children and Government officials to mafia goons. Damian Lewis is perfect as a disturbing man walking on a tightrope without ever showing what card he will deal next. Skarsgård has never been so good as he is here and he knows it. He is having a great time. And so was I. This is an exciting political thriller.

Rémi-Serge Gratton

Our kind of traitor

Directed by:
Susanna White

Screenplay by:
Hossein Amani
Based on the novel by John le Carré

Starring:
Ewan McGregor
Naomie Harris
Stellan Skarsgård
Damian Lewis

107 min.

Rated 14A

In English, Russian and French with English subtitles.

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