Erin and I started watching this after Contagion last night, but we were both very tired. I had to turn it off because there was no way I was going to understand it if I slept through half of it. So I finished it this afternoon while I was doing my laundry.
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is a British spy movie set in the 1970s at the height of the Cold War (yes, I did get that last bit of information from the Redbox description.) George Smiley (Gary Oldman, Sirius Black) has retired from MI6 but is given the mission to figure out who in the agency is a Soviet spy. The tinker, the tailor, the soldier and the spy are code names for other famous British actors also the guy who hires Smiley back has their faces taped on chess pieces. A year ago, an agent of their’s had been shot in Istanbul and it’s somehow related. Then Tom Hardy comes on the scene. The agency had been looking for him because they thought he had defected to the Soviets. He was sent to watch this one guy but when he realized that guy was a dead end, he followed the girl of said guy. She knew who the traitor was. Hardy gets her to tell him and he reports back to the agency that he has a source. The traitor intercepts the message and kidnaps the girl, taking her hostage.
This movie is quite confusing. Granted it’s a spy movie but I didn’t feel like I was really introduced to the characters, so that is why I refer to them by their actor. Gary Oldman bought new glasses early on in the movie and that is the only way I knew if I was in a flashback or not. Hair in the 70’s was not good especially Tom Hardy’s. Laura Carmichael (Edith from Downton Abbey) is in this movie! I got really excited when she came on the scene. She was a librarian type person for spy records. I feel like I need to watch it again but I already sent it back to Redbox. It’s rated R for some nudity, launguage, and violence, 18 or out of the house, C+ because I’m still confused. It’s an Oscar nominated performance, but when you have to watch it multiple times to understand it, it loses some points.