Flash Movie Review: Our Kind of Traitor

There is a saying that I have seen in numerous places recently; it goes, “Being kind is easier than being mean.” I have noticed it on social media sites, T-shirts and heard it talked about on television talk shows; it seems to be everywhere. Now here is my question, “Why?” Why are so many people (at least to me) talking about kindness? I can remember a time where it was polite to hold the door open for someone, to give up one’s seat to someone else on public transportation or let a person enter in ahead of you. Really, how much of a burden would it be to do any of these acts? Something happened that has turned kindness into a rare gemstone; days could go by before I would see an example of it being done. There certainly is a layer of distrust that has permeated our consciousness. A good example of why this is would be the time I signed up for a newspaper subscription from a high school student who knocked on my front door. They took my money but I never received a paper, finding out the newspaper company never solicits subscriptions in such a way. Another reason I feel is due to the electronic revolution we have been embracing. With the fraud now associated to our ATM and charge cards, a good portion of us are afraid to click on any email links. That simple click could unleash a virus on one’s electronic device that will steal our identity, wipe out our savings and possibly lead a path for the virus to seek out our contacts. I have gone through at least half a dozen times where my bank has called me due to fraudulent activity on my charge card. It is enough to make a person go back to the old days and pay cash for everything. Stuff like this is only one part of the factors that cause a person to hold back from doing a kind act. Then again, see what happens when one does something kind in this movie thriller.   LITTLE did Perry, played by Ewan McGregor (Star Wars franchise, The Impossible), know that the offer of a drink by Dima, played by Stellan Skarsgard (The Avengers franchise, The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo), would have such an effect on his life. This story based on John le Carre’s (A Most Wanted Man, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) novel had a good mix of actors that also included Naomie Harris (Skyfall, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom) as Gail. Stellan was outstanding in the role to the point I felt he dominated the movie screen. The story started out slow and though I did not read the book, I found myself able to predict where the story would lead next. Being able to figure out the story was kind of a drag on my enjoyment level while watching this film. At least the acting quality was at a good enough level for me to stay interested in what was going on. I guess this is my way of being kind to this picture.

 

2 ¾ stars  

 

 

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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on July 8, 2016, in Thriller and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Great article. I have definitely noticed a great apathy in general civility or basic interaction. It seems to me that people are more preserved inside their personal bubbles than they used to be. I see phones out constantly now when it was more rare to see them snapping away at everything, or jabbed at incessantly with thumbs, just a couple years ago. I get called “sir” constantly, now, as if looking up to notice that I am not a man is just too much effort, when an interaction is necessary. It is an interesting social phenomenon, indeed. I do agree, more kindness would be lovely. And a bit of consciousness, too, I think. 😀

    Wonderful read and review as always. All the best and happy weekend to you,

    smiling toad

    • Thank you for your kind words and for your meaningful thoughts about the current issues we both are experiencing. It would be nice to have people make eye contact at least; are their phones that important?

  2. Uh, oh. Another one I was planning on seeing tomorrow. Think I’ll wait and catch High Noon on Sunday – part of a six-gun series from the past at our little art theater. I wonder if it’s as good as I remember thinking it was.

    • Interesting marketing line, six-gun series. Sorry to disappoint you with the review; but if there is a time where you see this film I would be interested to hear your thoughts. Thank you for the comments Sheila.

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