Our Kind of Traitor
Director: Susanna White
Cast:Ewan McGregor, Stellan Skarsgard, Damian Lewis, Naomie Harris, Alicia von Rittberg
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country of Origin: UK 2016 107 mins.
Released by StudioCanal
Marrakech's charm doesn't work wonders for Perry (Ewan McGregor) and his lawyer wife Gail's (Naomie Harris) lack lustre marriage but it offers a web of intrigue to this sombre, out of his depth university lecturer, a role that sits uneasily with Ewan McGregor.
An invite from the flamboyant and charismatic Russian, Dima (Stellan Skarsgard gives a powerhouse performance) to a party offers more than an OTT bash that's never been on Perry's weekend list but there's a catch. Dima launders money for the Russian Vory mafia and a Russian mobster known as The Prince (Grigoriy Dobrygin) is cleaning out the old guard. Diva wants out and the key's an information trade on a USB stick that'll tempt London - Kremlin links, dirty money traded through the City of London and Russian mafia links to an influential British MP. Diva wants Perry to deliver to MI6 in London and cautious, out of his depth, Perry's tempted. London's interest is reserved and MI6 agent Hector (Damian Lewis), with his own personal agenda, goes out on a limb to expose Aubrey Longrigg (Jeremy Northam), an influential British MP and the enemy within.
Adapted from John Le Carre's novel by Hossein Amini, beautifully shot by Antony Dod Mantle and sharply edited ,'Our Kind of Traitor' is an accomplished but predictable thriller and a long way from the world of George Smiley. Turn the blind eye, sup at the Devil's table - money, power, politics, the enemy within, that's the story and it's all too real. Huffington Post FILM REVIEW