Tomas Alfredson’s paranoia thriller spreads fear among the characters that devastating consequences can happen if the mole (rat) isn’t found. The cast consists of recognizable British actors who prance around dark rooms muttering dialogues below their breath.
Unlike Ian Fleming, who wrote unrealistic MI6 novels centering on a larger-than-life spy, John le Carre’s novels portray George Smiley as a bruised war hero who walks around the streets of London preparing for death to emerge out of every corner. Gary Oldman’s cold approach to Smiley gives the character more depth and brings in a certain mystery to the character.
Foot Note: While the film takes its own time to unfold, the end result is a rewarding thriller.