Posts Tagged ‘Spy thriller’

Spectre (Film Review and Trailer)

November 6th, 2015 No comments





Review by John Delia

Slipping into theaters this weekend and beating the rush of blockbusters, Spectre the new James Bond thriller should garner a lot of box office bucks from its loyal fan base. The movie however drags between action scenes and falls short in supporting roles. That said, Spectre does entertain with cinematography that’s picturesque, explosive and slathered with CGI. If you are a big fan of the series then get in line for a ticket to another big film featuring 007. Read more…

Kingsman: The Secret Service (Film Review & Trailer)

February 13th, 2015 No comments

KINGSMAN box art


Review by John Delia

Move over James Bond, there’s a new game in town and they have as many gadgets and toys. Kingsman: The Secret Service is very cool and aptly fills the void for a sci-fi adventure comedy left by Guardians of the Galaxy. The main characters in Kingsman are smart, fascinating, and often time violent, getting the job done one villain at a time. Even though “The Secret Service” comic book does have a slightly different story and characters are renamed for the movie, for the male audience it’s still the best game in town. Read more…

Skyfall, Film Review by John Delia

November 8th, 2012 No comments






By John Delia

One of the best James Bond pictures ever made, Skyfall makes its way into theaters this weekend for what I believe will be a box-office blowout.  The action packed thriller starts with a bang and doesn’t disappoint in the finale.  For all you 007 addicts it’s time to check it out on the 50th anniversary of a solid film franchise.

Bond (Daniel Craig) finds himself vanquished when a bullet meant for his foe takes him out atop a train.  His mission was to retrieve a list of secret British agents before they got into the wrong hands.  With a mission failed, M (Judi Dench) finds herself under the heat of the British Government when six of the spies on the list are get targeted for death.  When M gets a formal threat on her life and they find Sylva (Javier Bardem) an ex-spy is involved, Bond shows up to track him down. Read more…

TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY review by John Delia

January 5th, 2012 No comments









Cast: Gary Oldman, Mark Strong, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, Tom Hurt and Claran Hinds

Directed by: Tomas Alfredson

MPAA Rating: R for violence, some sexuality/nudity and language

Genre: Adaptation and Thriller

Running Time: 2 hrs 8 min

Opening Date: Now in Theaters

Distributed by: Focus Features




By John Delia


The British movie Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is not for everyone.  It’s a mind-numbing film for audiences that crave an involving storyline, can deal with British accents and are into the underpinning of espionage that fueled The Cold War in the 1970’s.  I am not a big fan of films like this one, but those who are into author John le Carre’s The Constant Gardner, The Spy Who Came in From the Cold and The Tailor of Panama will eat this one up like good ice cream.


Gary Oldman as George Smiley

The story involves Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) and the spies that report to it.  One spy in particular, retired agent George Smiley (Gary Oldman) has the best record for getting the information needed to keep the bureau on top of outside elements that may jeopardize Britain’s security. When things go wrong during a mission by operative Jim Prideaux (Mark Strong) in Hungary a Soviet mole entrenched in British Intelligence is suspected and Smiley gets commissioned to ferret him out.


The story, although interesting and intriguing, moves along slowly under the direction of Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One In) who has all the tools to make the film a thriller.  With a cast of brilliant British/Irish actors including Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight), Colin Firth (The King’s Speech), Tom Hardy (My Week With Marlyn), John Hurt (Melancholia), Mark Strong (Sherlock Holmes) and Claran Hinds (The Debt) peppered throughout Alfredson uses the ‘bling’ to work his audience into an acting feeding frenzy, but still comes up with a tedious mind-numbing movie.


Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy received the billing of a thriller, but this British idea of suspense proves to be more of a yawner and not an Americanized version filled with action, twists and turns to which us Yanks are accustomed. It’s no James Bond or Sherlock Holmes, that’s for sure! Even with the great cast I found the dialogue hard to understand at times and my mind translating British lingo all too often. That said, I do admit there is an audience for this kind of spy story and for that I concede to all the fuss the film has been piling up, but it’s just not my cup of tea.


The movie has been rated R by the MPAA for violence, some sexuality/nudity and language. The two hour plus length needs a bit of pruning and the cinematography gets dull and uneventful.



FINAL ANALYSIS:  Unless you are an Englishman, very patient or an avid follower of writer John le Carre, my suggestion is wait for the DVD. (C )