I had few expectations or understands of what I was entering into, but having watched Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and enjoyed it, I thought it was worth the gamble – It paid off better than I could have hoped.
Without being too revealing, Our Kind of Traitor, based on a novel of the same name by author John le Carré, is a film that moves with extreme patience and care. While they may be off putting, the film is kept warm with the kinetic performance of Stellan Skarsgård as the Russian mobster Dima.
Hidden in this spy thriller is the exploration of purpose, motivation and sacrifice. Our main protagonist, Perry, begins the film near despondent and aimless. But after a friendly interaction he begins to take daring risks and sacrifice to a motivation that is not wholly clear to him, though he certainly feels it.
Motivation to protect then becomes contagious as more and more people join in, making decisions that no rational person would make, if their desire were to live safe and together. While the film’s plot is not very deep or twisted, its emotional and philosophical depth provides plenty of meat to think and feel about.
I might write more about this movie later, but while it is in theaters, however few, I do recommend seeing it if you don’t mind a character driven movie that drives at its own pace.