Our Kind of Traitor

July 2nd, 2016


Our Kind of Traitor

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Release Year: 2016

Rating: 6.3/10 ( voted)

Critic's Score: /100

Director: Susanna White

Stars: Carlos Acosta, Radivoje Bukvic, Stellan Skarsgård

When Peter and his girlfriend, Gail, cross paths with the charismatic Dima on their Moroccan holiday, the forceful Russian is quick to challenge Peter to a friendly game of tennis. But this innocuous contest is not all it seems - Dima is a long-time servant of the Russian mafia, whose new boss, 'The Prince', wants him and his family dead. His only hope is to ask the unsuspecting Peter to broker him sanctuary with the British intelligence services, in return for exposing a vein of corruption that runs right to the heart of the City of London. Soon they find themselves on a tortuous journey through Paris to a safe house in the Swiss Alps and, with the might of the Russian mafia closing in, begin to realise this particular match has the highest stakes of all...

Writers: John le Carré, Hossein Amini, Carlos Acosta, Radivoje Bukvic, Stellan Skarsgård, Carlos Acosta, Radivoje Bukvic, Stellan Skarsgård, Mariya Fomina, Dolya Gavanski, Grigoriy Dobrygin, Velibor Topic, Pawel Szajda, Ewan McGregor, Naomie Harris, Alec Utgoff, Marek Oravec, Mihhail Sibul, Jana Perez, Tony Tennant, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Carlos Acosta - Ballet Dancer
Radivoje Bukvic - Misha (as Rasha Bukvic)
Stellan Skarsgård - Dima
Mariya Fomina - Anna
Dolya Gavanski - Olga
Grigoriy Dobrygin - The Prince
Velibor Topic - Emilio Del Oro
Pawel Szajda - Blue Eyed Killer (as Pawel Szajda)
Ewan McGregor - Perry
Naomie Harris - Gail
Alec Utgoff - Niki
Marek Oravec - Andrei
Mihhail Sibul - Cadaverous Bodyguard
Jana Perez - Maria
Tony Tennant - Tattooed Naked Man

Taglines: Who can you trust with the truth?


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Country: UK, France

Language: English, Russian, French

Release Date: 3 Jan 2016

Filming Locations: London, England, UK

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User Review


Rating: 5/10

John le Carre is possibly one of the most acclaimed mystery thriller writers of the last few decades. He does seem able to write stories and characters with enough ambiguity and vagueness to keep his audience on the edge of their seat. This is certainly the case with Our Kind Of Traitor.

I've not read the source material, but Amini's screenplay doesn't have the same punch as other le Carre adaptations. Much of the dialogue is clunky, overly sweary and too expositiony, which doesn't match the grounded and muted visual style and colour palette.

Coinciding with the clunky dialogue is some fairly wooden acting, even by the big named cast. McGregor is perhaps a little too subtle, whereas Harris is too far the opposite way, although Lewis and Skarsgard do fit their roles pretty well. Cleverly you never know which characters you can trust or what anyone's motives are, though by the end you're frustratingly still not 100% sure.

The main trouble is, along with the script and acting, the movie feels bumpy and uneven - it never quite gels. Mantle's shaky cinematography makes it hard to focus while the slow pace drags the film out and tests your patience a little. But Zarvos's music brings a great, murky and tense atmosphere that will keep you slightly unsettled throughout.

A good watch - Susanna White's created a brilliantly ambiguous and tense movie, though a little extra direction on the cast may have made it more convincing and emotional.



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