Saturday, 17 March 2018

I spy a successful TV-to-movie switch

FANS of BBC1’s long-running spy series Spooks will no doubt flock to cinemas this weekend for

FANS of BBC1’s long-running spy series Spooks will no doubt flock to cinemas this weekend for the release of its first full-length feature.

It ran for 10 series, ending in October 2011.

However, by transferring the action in Spooks: The Greater Good to the big screen it’s not without competition.

The Mission Impossible and Bourne films immediately spring to mind, offering in-depth plot and character development and polished action sequences.

One may even argue that with the success of these two franchises, the James Bond series has also reinvented itself, now portraying a much darker and more realistic approach to the world of international espionage.

When charismatic terrorist Adam Qasim escapes from MI5 custody during a routine handover, the legendary Harry Pearce, head of counter-terrorism, is blamed.

Disgraced and forced to resign, no one is surprised when Harry disappears one night off a bridge into the Thames. With MI5 on its knees in the wake of the Qasim debacle and facing controversial reform, former agent Will Crombie is brought back to uncover the truth they feared — Harry is still alive. He’s gone rogue, and needs Will’s help.

As Qasim prepares his devastating attack on the heart of MI5 in London, Will must decide whether to turn Harry in, or risk everything by trusting the damaged, dangerous master spy who has already betrayed him once before.

Game of Thrones star Kit Harington plays agent Crombie with Pride and Prejudice star Jennifer Ehle playing Geraldine Maltby. Peter Firth once again takes on the role of Harry Pearce.

The film will be showing at Henley’s Regal Picturehouse from today (Friday).

Review: David White

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