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By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Violent, convoluted spy thriller based on British TV series.

Movie R 2015 104 minutes
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Very convoluted and not particularly exciting, this movie will likely only appeal to fans of the TV series, which ran from 2002 to 2011; even then, it's not much more than an extended episode. Directed by Bharat Nalluri, who made the very charming Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, MI-5 feels perfunctory and flat; it's on auto-pilot. Nalluri finds a numbing, middle-ground pace that moves too fast for viewers to get involved in the characters but too slow for true thrills.

During dialogue scenes, the camera meanders about, moving around characters' heads as if bored. To make matters worse, the bad guy and the good guy look strikingly similar (Harrington has slightly longer hair); the plot is already confusing, and this casting error makes things even more baffling. To top things off, the plain title, MI-5 -- which was changed from the British title Spooks: The Greater Good -- will ensure that newcomers pass this one by.

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