In theaters this Friday from director Bharat Nalluri and 20th Century Fox comes a thriller that brings together the best of “MI-5.”
Harry Pearce (Peter Firth) is the head of Counter-Terrorism with “MI-5” and blamed by the agency for the escape of a terrorist in their custody. When he disappears shortly after the incident and it is believed he commits suicide. “MI-5” discovers he staged his death and turns to ex-agent Will Holloway (Kit Harington). Once a protégé of Harry, the agency feels Will is their best hope of knowing how Harry operates.
What Harry really wants is information from Adem Qasim (Elyes Gabel) believing that there is a traitor in their midst. Using Erin Watts (Lara Pulver) to get inside a terrorist cell it is their hope it leads to Qasim. Harry contacts Will wanting his help but Will isn’t about to trust him out of the gate.
Through the chases, twists, lies and deception Will must decide who he trusts and how far he will go to back a man who he once trusted. What Will doesn’t know is that there are plans within plans and catching Harry will test everything he knows about being a part of “MI-5.”
Harington as Will has no problem jumping in and taking over from the get go! As Will there are reasons why he doesn’t want to be part of “MI-5” yet when they call he can’t stay away. It is great to see Harington grab this role and put the action-hero stamp to his resume. The brooding and sullen role is something he’s good at and I don’t mind because he incorporated it well into this character.
Firth as Pearce is a stellar combination of good guy turned bad guy. I honestly was never really sure what he was going to do next and that made the storyline pretty frakken cool. Straight faced and goal oriented, Firth gives this character all the right moves to keep the viewer constantly guessing what he is up to. That makes this thriller worthy of every moment of “what the heck?…..”
Other cast include: Jennifer Ehle as Geraldine Maltby, Tim Mcinnemy as Oliver Mace, Hugh Simon as Malcolm Wynn-Jones, Eleanor Matsuura as Hannah Santo, David Harewood as Warrender, Tuppence Middleton as June, Geoffrey Streatfield as Calum Reed, Elliot Levey as Emerson and Michael Wildman as Robert Vass.
TUBS OF POPCORN: I give “MI-5” three and a half tubs of popcorn out of five. Harington plays a very effective agent if not only for the fact that he controls the entire film with action and stamina. Unraveling the turmoil outside “MI-5” it becomes clear that there is a trail within “MI-5” that is equally problematic.
From beginning to end the film gives a strong storyline, action that is not only exhilarating but exhausting at the same time. I enjoyed the twists and turns as the story only gives the viewer pieces, baiting us to keep watching (as if that was a problem with Harington on the screen) never knowing who can be trusted!
In the end — loyalty is treason!