The moment I sat at the theater to watch Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, I felt I was transported to the 1970's. Apart from the grainy, oft-discolored quality of the film, the production design (as well as Benedict Cumberbatch's shaggy hair) gave the authentic old-school feel.
The movie is an adaptation of the 1970's spy novel that was low on tech, but high on suspense and this film version stays true to that. There are no gadgets nor high powered weapons, but it relies on the tension the cast creates. Gary Oldman got an Oscar nod for is role as George Smiley and it's well-deserved.
If you're used to the James Bond and Jason Bourne-type of spy movie, you'll be utterly disappointed. But you'll probably be happy that Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, and the aforementioned Benedict Cumberbatch all deliver great performances.
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy may come from material forty years ago, but the final product is still very watchable today.
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