An attempt to revive the British spy scandals of the 1950s, dead on arrival.
Someone -- director, writer, producer, perhaps all -- are caught with
their dialectics down. But where did Sharon Stone fit into this turkey?
That black wig was simply awful. The Sharon we love and admire is
blonde, blonde, blonde. I got a huge laugh out of the critic who
thought those black wigged shots were of different women. I think the
wig must have slipped around here and there because she sure looked
different from time to time. Sharon may be tired of her Basic Instict
fame -- although for the life of me I can't figure out why -- but why
on earth did she sign on for this one?
And the propaganda! The kindly Soviet officials, the cold and calloused
Brits, and the brutal Americans -- that beefy brute with his leather
armpit holstered .45 reminded me of a "settler" the US Attorney in San
Francisco used to terrify both lawyer and defendant into copping a
plea. The guy looked like King Kong, and roared just about as loudly.
My poor client visibly quailed. But I just marveled at his performance
and said, "No deal. We're going to trial." So the guy went back into
Sharon gets rescued from the CIA/FBI's Kong by his good-cop companion
who was waiting just outside the room. Which was just about the only
action in this boring mishmash of flash backs and forwards, with only
the scantiest of love scenes to remind us that Sharon was once
America's premier seductress. Alas.
You have to be real old and know a little history to be able to figure
out what this one is about but it really isn't worthwhile the struggle.
The script was a mishmash, the actors' voices largely unintelligible,
the camera work murky, the drama slight, and the entertainment value
nil. One can only conclude that someone important in this production
was in love with the subject matter.
Well, as they say, love is blind..
See "Cambridge Spies" instead
What a disappointment! After watching the film, there is a very good
reason that actual names were not used - other than general
similarities to circumstance, this is entirely a work of fiction.
Even a fictionalized account (inspired by the McClean story) could have
been entertaining if had successfully delivered an historically
accurate context (forget accuracy). There could have been a story of
complex emotions, motivations and consequences but instead, you get a
superficial drama that misses its mark or worse, doesn't even aim at
the interesting targets.
This is a true waste of talent for such a great cast..