Sometimes all a trailer needs to completely win me over is a bunch of serious British actors giving each other some very serious looks. The new international teaser trailer for Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy has both in spades. Based on the novel by master spy writer John le Carré, the film brings together a cast filled with enough of the UK’s finest actors to rival a Harry Potter film. Gary Oldman leads a troop that includes Tom Hardy, Colin Firth, Toby Jones, and a thankfully non-purple Mark Strong. Sweden’s Tomas Alfredson of the masterful Let the Right One In directed the film, and it isn’t difficult to see echoes of the same heavy atmosphere. Check out the clip below:
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Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy will be Alfredson’s big crossover into English language film, and it appears he brought what made his last film a success with him. The trailer gives a great sense of quiet suspense. Each beautiful shot pulses with tension with a little help from some of Britain’s best male actors and a creepy soundtrack.
The relatively simple plot is explained with just one line in the trailer and revolves around a Soviet spy in the upper echelons of British Intelligence. Gary Oldman plays George Smiley, who is called out of retirement to find the mole, but I have a feeling that it may get a little more complicated than that along the way.
If nothing else, it will be refreshing to see a good old fashioned spy movie in theaters, but Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy’s pedigree alone – from Alfredson and le Carré to the incredible cast – secures its spot as a film to look out for this fall.
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