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* Book Review: Our Kind of Traitor by John le Carré

Posted by the editors on Thursday, 2 February 2012

Book Review: Our Kind of Traitor (2010) by John le Carré (The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1963), Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (1974), The Constant Gardener (2001), A Most Wanted Man (2008))  Russian mobsters, British spies, bankers, and politicians, corruption, money laundering, and, of course, the innocents caught up in it all…oh yes, and tennis, from the scenic Caribbean beauty of Antigua to the Center Court at Roland Garros for the French Open with Roger Federer, Our Kind of Traitor, Le Carré’s 22nd novel, offers a contemporary look at his favorite terrain, spies, and preferably British spies, at that.  Le Carré reflects on the reframing of a certain sense of loyalty, on the part of the British espionage establishment, from “all for Britain” to “all for profit”, with his usual sensitivity to the concomitant evolution of language, as things degrade into some sort of mongrel globalisation.  In fact, one could ask oneself, whose agenda is dominant in all these machinations, or is everyone  simply struggling to impose as much of their own personal agenda as possible, in circumstances where only money has any real importance, no matter where it comes from and no matter what it’s used for, and loyalty is a thing of the past.  Perhaps a bit slow to start, when Our Kind of Traitor gets up to speed, it becomes an enjoyable, and sophisticated, thrill in the land of post-Cold War spydom. (PR)

See our post on the film The Constant Gardener with Ralph Fiennes and Rachel Weisz, based on the novel of the same name by John le Carré.

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Body of Lies – Starring Leonardo DiCaprio & Russell Crowe, directed by Ridley Scott

Posted by the editors on Thursday, 5 January 2012

Body of Lies (2008)  Directed by Ridley Scott ( Blade Runner (1982), Thelma & Louise (1991), Gladiator (2000), Black Hawk Down (2001), Kingdom of Heaven (2005), and American Gangster (2007)), starring Leonardo DiCaprio (What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993), The Aviator (2004), Blood Diamond (2006), Shutter Island (2010) and many others) and Russell Crowe (The Insider (1999), A Beautiful Mind (2001), The Next Three Days (2010)) with Mark Strong (Syriana (2005), Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (2008), Sherlock Holmes (2009), Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (2011)), written by William Monahan, based on the novel of the same name by David Ignatius.  In this spy thriller, set in the Middle East and the war against terrorism, DiCaprio portrays Roger Ferris, a scraggly bearded, Arabic-speaking and rather naive CIA field operative, as best he can; Russel Crowe is his overweight, out-of-touch-yet-convinced-of the-righteousness-of-his-actions, suburban Washington D.C. boss, in charge of Middle East operations.  Body of Lies is replete with terrorist bombings, spy plane footage of deserts and colorful, dangerous Middle Eastern marketplaces and a plot that has far too many weak points.  Ridley Scott’s directing seems old, and though high in cinematic technicity, is not enough, even with DiCaprio and Crowe, to cover over the weaknesses.  Mark Strong, however, as head of the Jordanian intelligence service, is really very good: sharp, smart, suave and even amusing.  See Body of Lies for its film technique, but don’t expect much of an intelligent look at a complex situation.  Stephen Gaghan‘s Syriana starring George Clooney and Matt Damon is a better choice. (PR)

See our posts on the film Syriana, and on The Next Three Days and State of Play, starring Russell Crowe and on the film American Gangster, directed by Ridley Scott and starring Russell Crowe and Denzel Washington.

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