December 4th, 2015



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When a terrorist escapes custody during a routine handover, Will Holloway must team with disgraced MI5 Intelligence Chief Harry Pearce to track him down before an imminent terrorist attack on London.

Release Year: 2015

Rating: 6.3/10 (6,713 voted)

Critic's Score: 46/100

Director: Bharat Nalluri

Stars: Kit Harington, Peter Firth, Jennifer Ehle

MI5 personnel are caught up in a traffic jam in London while escorting the CIA's most wanted terrorist to an arranged CIA handover point, when he is suddenly rescued by armed men on motorbikes. Harry Pearce, the head of Counter-Terrorism at MI5 is blamed for the terrorist escaping. Especially as Harry disappeared shortly after the incident. An ex-agent, Will Holloway, and protégé of Harry's is recalled by MI5 to assist in finding and bringing Harry in. However Harry has disappeared for a reason. Certain that there is a traitor in a senior position in MI5, he enlists the somewhat reluctant Will to help him in uncovering the rat or rats concerned.

Writers: Jonathan Brackley, Sam Vincent

Michael Wildman - Robert Vass
Tuppence Middleton - June Keaton
Geoffrey Streatfeild - Calum Reed
Peter Firth - Harry Pearce
Elliot Levey - Philip Emerson
Matthew Walker - Prison Van Officer
Elyes Gabel - Adem Qasim
David Harewood - Francis Warrender
Jennifer Ehle - Geraldine Maltby
Tim McInnerny - Oliver Mace
Ronan Summers - Ed Lansbury
Luke Harris - MI5 Officer
Amra Mallassi - Hamza Ahmadi
Lara Pulver - Erin Watts
Kit Harington - Will Holloway

Taglines: Loyalty is treason

Country: UK

Language: English

Release Date: 4 December 2015

Filming Locations: Shepperton Studios, Shepperton, Surrey, England, UK

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Did You Know?

Kit Harington received spy training from an ex-SAS soldier, so he could believably play a former MI5 agent in this film. See more »

In the ground shots, the Walkie Talkie tower (20 Fenchurch Street) is not yet complete, and cranes are visible on the roof. Yet in the aerial shots, it is finished and the cranes are gone. See more »


User Review


Rating: 8/10

For the uninitiated, 'Spooks' (or MI5 as the Yanks say) was a British television show centered around MI5 spies (nicknamed Spooks and essentially the British NSA). Be under no illusions: this doesn't have blind patriotism, missing super-weapons or a suave chiseled hero. And while Kit Harington is the handsome lead star, the actual star is none other than long-time veteran Peter Firth.

Ah Peter Firth. Never has a older man with wrinkles and a receding hairline been so bad-ass. Firth is the blend of George Smiley and Jack Bauer, a very British and Un-Hollywood-y figure. And that's the key to The Greater Good's success: it feels fresh and oh so British that it may confuse the Yank audience expecting car chases and epic showdowns. Even the Arabic villain is sympathetic, never cartoonish or monologuing, and similar in part to Anwar al- Awlaki. Even a slightly simple Kit Harington fits perfectly in the thrilling spy jigsaw, being a disgraced case officer slightly too soft for such a cold world.

And yes, case officer. Not secret agent, as one is completely disposable and the other uses such people to achieve, yes, the Greater Good. Bond would not last in this world, and Bauer would make melodrama of decisions. Pierce would be break it down to cruel ugly arithmetic, one dies while two lives. As modern spy-craft goes, this is the most realistic to hit the big screen yet.

If you haven't seen the television series, this is a solid British spy movie with a thrilling storyline. If you have, some sweet Easter eggs will leave you smiling with secret glee. This feels like not a television movie but a gritty British film worthy of recognition. The actors, directing, setting compliment each other perfectly. It feels like going to a fancy restaurant and eating the greatest dish of Bangers and Mash. Simply thrilling and unafraid to let the audience think, this is a solid movie experience.

This is destined to have a sequel. If not, it at least is a beautiful little gem in a pile of stones.


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