Spooks: The Greater Good movie full length review - Spies on the Run
I went in watching the movie this movie having no concept of the series on which it was based, SPOOKS, that ran from 2002-11 in Britain.
The good news is that you don't have to be aware of that series or its characters. This film picks up with at least one but gives you enough information to stand on its own.
Under Intelligence Chief Harry Pearce (Peter Firth) terrorist Adam Qasim (Elyes Gabel) is being transferred into the custody of the CIA when the convoy is attacked. Rather than jeopardize lives in the process Pearce tells his team to stand down and Qasim escapes. As if that weren't enough, Pearce disappears shortly thereafter making it seem as if he was involved.
Rather than be left with egg on their face MI-5 calls in ex-agent Will Holloway (Kit Harrington) to locate and take down Pearce. As a protégé to the now missing Pearce, MI-5 feels that he will know better than anyone how to find him. With a grudge against Pearce as well, since it was he who took him out of MI-5, Will has every reason in the world to want to take on the task.
The two eventually meet early on and Will discovers there was a reason for Pearce' disappearance. Pearce has discovered there is a mole in MI-5, an operative who seems more than happy to create a reason to bring the entire group down. While the risk Pearce took in the release of a known terrorist was high, the chance of ferreting out the mole was worth it to him. Now he must convince Will to help him discover who that person is.
Playing against MI-5 while making it seem that he is indeed looking for Pearce is not an easy task but Will is up for it. As he tracks down the suspects and works to find the traitor, Pearce lends a hand when and where he can. It eventually leads to a showdown with Qasim who is little more than a pawn being used by the mole. As Qasim plans a massive siege on the city of London with bombs planted in various locations, the final discovery is made as to the identity of the mole.
The movie works well on many levels. Rather than the suave and always calm Bond style of spy we're used to seeing from England we here have a disheveled looking spy in the form of Will who doesn't know all, isn't equipped with the "toys" Bond has and yet is just as if not more capable to handle most situations. Will is what you would expect a real spy to be like and Pearce as his mentor is a character that knows how to deal with the duplicitous nature of the job.
Firth is comfortable in the role of Pearce as he well should be having played the part in the series. He's a spy who's gotten older, seen far too much and while perhaps weary of the tasks at hand is always willing to do his all for Queen and country. Harrington does a great job here as Will. Known mostly for his work on GAME OF THRONES it's nice to see him in something else and able to prove he's more than just worth being regarded for that alone.
On the whole this was a fun movie to watch, a more thought provoking spy film than many and one that I would love to see carry on with sequels though I'm guessing it won't happen unfortunately. Then again after the initial rise of the Bond films who would have thought we'd see sequels to movies like THE IPCRESS FILES back in the day. This one is worth watching.