Monday, 1 June 2015

Film: 'Spooks - The Greater Good'

I'm not familiar with the popular TV series whose world this cinematic spin-off inhabits and, despite some reviews which have made unfavourable comparisons of this to the small-screen product, I thought the film fitted the bill nicely for quality, often gripping, entertainment.

Set mostly in London (regular aerial panoramic  shots including the usual landmarks, helpfully reminding us just in case we've forgotten where we are) as well as shorter episodes in Berlin and Moscow, it's the world of espionage and 'guess-the-traitor' when a terrorist suspect (clearly Islamist, but not stated) flees captivity in transit, whose 'rescuers' have been fed knowledge from an unknown person in the Secret Service.
Peter Firth, now with a C.V. as long as your arm, is the MI5 boss who disappears after the incident and it's up to earnest, but still wet-behind-the ears, agent Kit Harington to trace him and wheedle out information as to what's going on, and what's his connection with the escape - not to also mention forestalling further expected imminent attacks.
I understand that young Mr Harington, in his role in 'Game of Thrones', has set many a heart a-flutter. This is the first time I've seen him in any substantial part and he's not bad at all.
Also, as one of the Service's senior officers is Jennifer Ehle, whose English accent very occasionally falters, though not so as to be too distracting - as well as the estimable David Hammond.

There's lots of action, several nail-biting moments and, very commendably, a plot that is not so over-complex as to bewilder one. Sometimes these scenarios that owe a lot to John Le Carre are so labyrinthine that I give up trying to follow them and just try to enjoy the ride. Not so here, remaining simple enough even for me to follow.

In a sense it's an old-fashioned kind of film, but India-born director Bharat Nallun brings a certain flair to proceedings, such that I wasn't bored at all - and it's a sensible hour-and-three-quarters in length, another 'plus'.

Enjoyable enough to search out, it may not linger in the memory for very long, but while it's playing it's pretty good value for your money................................6.5.

Btw: Such is the pitifully deteriorated state of my computer now, it's taken me a full four hours to type and post the above, due to very frequent screen-freezes. Been reading Sherlock Holmes story 'Valley of Fear' in the stretches waiting for it to unfreeze itself, so not quite a total waste of time. Still infuriating as hell, though!


  1. I'm pleased that you enjoyed this far more than reviews I read Ray. I have been a big fan of the Spooks TV series from the start (called MI5 when aired in the USA on A&E network) and if the film is half as entertaining as the series, then I'm a fan.
    Sorry to hear about your computer. Good luck!

    1. I've never once seen any single episode of the TV series, Craig, though my sister and her recently-late hubby were great fans. It may well be true that some TV viewers may be disappointed with this, but if so then my unfamiliarity was a help. I hope you get as much out of it as I did.

      Computer blows hot and cold. When it's working then I rush to get as much read and written as I can before it all snarls up again. You'll know yourself how infuriating it can be - but thanks for your wishes.

  2. Ray,
    I do hope you're able to get a new computer in the future. Again, my recommendation is an iMac. You will never have another computer problem in your lifetime. And no, I don't work for Apple. But ever since my friend Larry suggested that I get an Apple computer after my last computer breakdown (Dell, only a month old and the hard drive failed), I haven't had any computer problems. Life is too short to be stressed out by computer problems but I do understand there is an expense. So if you can do it, do it.

  3. I wish I knew more about computers to make good, solid recommendations, but here are a few. You can go to Control Panel, choose Programs, and then click on the date in order to sort them. Look for anything strange that you don't recall installing around the time your troubles started, and delete it. That might help. Or, you may be able to restore to a previous time point, again before your troubles began. You do that from Control Panel. too. Best of luck!