Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

So I realized today that it was Thursday, and it had been 4 days since I went and watched Tinker Tailor Solider Spy. The good news is, I still have absolutely no clue what the hell happened in this movie.


I went into the theater knowing that this British spy novel turned movie was going to be a little hard to follow based on the accents (we all know how much I struggle with that). I even received a text message from a friend of mine who said it was good, but confusing and tough to follow, so I paid extra close attention. I still, literally have no idea what happened.

I wish I could go in depth into the plot and give you some witty anecdote about Colin Firth's character, or Gary Oldman's character. But I can't.

So you'll just have to settle for the plot summary written by David Brain from the IMDB.com page, and my pick below.

In the early 1970s during the Cold War, the head of British Intelligence, Control, resigns after an operation in Budapest, Hungary goes badly wrong. It transpires that Control believed one of four senior figures in the service was in fact a Russian agent - a mole - and the Hungary operation was an attempt to identify which of them it was. Smiley had been forced into retirement by the departure of Control, but is asked by a senior government figure to investigate a story told to him by a rogue agent, Ricky Tarr, that there was a mole. Smiley considers that the failure of the Hungary operation and the continuing success of Operation Witchcraft (an apparent source of significant Soviet intelligence) confirms this, and takes up the task of finding him. Through the efforts of Peter Guillam, Smiley obtains information that eventually leads him to Jim Prideaux, the agent at the heart of the Hungary fiasco. He is then able to put together the pieces of the puzzle, which lead him to the identity of the mole and the true intent of Operation Witchcraft.

Are we on the same page now? No...? Yeah, that sounds about right.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Directed by: Tomas Alfredson
Written by: Bridget O'Connor, Peter Straughan, and John le Carré
Starring: Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, and Tom Hardy
My Rating: 1 out of 5
Would Gene Pick it?: No, he wouldn't understand it either

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