3 out of 5 stars
Carré on spying (sorry … I can’t take credit for the pun!)
Unassuming university professor with integrity (Ewan Mc Gregor) + MI6 spook-master (Damien Lewis) vs Russian Mafia and dodgy British MP (Jeremy Northam) with the aid of a Russian mafia money launderer turned rogue (Stellan Skarsgard).
Great photography and scene-stealing performance by Stellan Skarsgard. But whilst it is a solid film, it felt a little cliched and underwhelming at times, and I found Damien Lewis’s performance too mannered for my liking.