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When charismatic terrorist Adam Qasim (Elyes Gabel) escapes from MI5 custody during a high profile handover with the CIA, MI5’s legendary Intelligence Chief, Harry Pearce (Peter Firth) is blamed and forced to resign. Convinced that there is a traitor in a senior position in MI5, he disappears and MI5 recalls ex-agent and protégé of Harry's, Will Holloway (Kit Harrington) to find and bring Harry into custody. Is MI5 compromised? Can Harry enlist Will’s help to uncover the truth and stop Qasim before he makes an imminent terrorist attack on London? Or will the people responsible get away with their dirty deeds?
Directed by Bharat Nalluri (Spooks TV series), MI-5 /Spooks: The Greater Good (2015) is an entertaining espionage film that takes inspiration from films like Mission Impossible series and TV series like Homeland and 24. The film is an extended version of the British TV series, Spooks which was written by Jonathan Brackley (Spooks, Humans), Sam Vincent (Spooks, Humans), and David Wolstencroft (Versailles). The same writers also do the film’s screenplay and while some of plot points feel forced or strained, the film’s main story is interesting and has enough twists to keep the audience guessing. The most interesting aspect of the story is the overlapping of clues that continually build towards an almost unforeseeable goal. In other words, the film is like a puzzle with a lot of pieces that look to have multiple options of pairs. From the start, we are given a puzzle piece but we don’t know what it goes to. Then another piece is revealed and we think we might actually be starting to put this puzzle together. But by the next scene, another piece is revealed and we begin to question if the first two actually go together or not. It’s not until the very end that we start to see how to put the pieces together. The pace was a bit slow in comparison to similar Hollywood films but for a British film, which tends to have slower paced film, the pace is just right.
The cast performances were great. Peter Firth (Victoria) gave a solid and contained performance.. Kit Harrington (Game of Thrones) was good as the younger agent and proved to have acting talent beyond being Jon Snow. It was interesting to see Elyes Gabel (Scorpion) as a villain, although I do wish that we could have gotten a bit more from him story-wise or that he would have had more freedom to explore this antagonistic character. Jennifer Ehle (A Quiet Passion) and Tim McInnery (Agatha and the Truth of Murder) were good in their respective roles as well as the rest of the supporting cast.
Overall, MI-5 (2015) is an entertaining spy film that passes by quickly and requires no real need to have watched the TV series beforehand. The story is engaging, the cast performances are great, the antagonist was good but deserved to be explored a bit more, and the action’s direction was easy to follow. If you have not seen this film or even the TV series then I recommend that you check it out.
Final Vote --- 6.8 of 10 stars
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