Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Spooks: The Greater Good: DVD Review

Spooks: The Greater Good: DVD Review

Rating: M
Released by Madman Home Ent

Spooks was a fantastic series.

A great mix of cold war thriller and ongoing espionage as well as some good strongly written characters it was a solidly reliable piece of TV that delivered week on week. In a weird way, the film is much the same, though is more suited to a TV audience than that of a big screen (possibly why it's had a straight to DVD release over here).

Very loosely, the plot sees legendary operative Harry Pearce (a solid Peter Firth) trying to tracking down a missing terrorist. But when Harry's forced undercover, he recruits Will Holloway (Game of Thrones' Jon Snow aka Kit Harington) to help. Soon, a global conspiracy is playing out....

Betrayal, a solid list of British actors (Tim McInnery, David Harewood, Jennifer Ehle) and a cliched spy plot all come together and make Spooks: The Greater Good a film that simply is the sum of its parts. Which sounds like a condemnation in a way. But it's solid fare rather than kind of thrilling film we've had with the likes of Bourne.

Essentially a TV movie writ larger, Spooks The Greater Good serves to remind you why the series was so popular and why in its pared back form, less is sometimes more.

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