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Our Kind of Traitor

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Interesting relationships in violent John le Carré thriller.

Movie R 2016 107 minutes
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Directed by BBC veteran Susanna White, this latest adaptation of John le Carré's work has a welcome soft touch, focusing on interesting relationships, but that also cushions any suspenseful edges. The high points in Our Kind of Traitor are the struggling marriage between McGregor and Harris' characters, as well as the budding, offbeat, and slightly dangerous friendship between Perry and Dima -- yet the movie slightly drops the ball when it eventually eases the danger between the two men.

White uses the film's many international locations to vivid effect. Sultry parties, crowded lobbies, trains, and chilly remote cabins all take on personalties of their own. Moreover, Damian Lewis gives a strong personality to what might otherwise have been a throwaway side character, an MI6 agent named Hector. But for all this engaging material, the plot can't seem to get into high gear and really rev up the thrills. It's loose, when a good thriller ought to feel tight.

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