The Courier (2020)

“Greville, we are only two people. But this is how things change.” – Oleg Penkovsky

Number of Times Seen – 1 (19 Apr 2021)

Brief Synopsis – A British business man is employed by the British and American Intelligence agencies in order to gather top secret information on the Soviets during the Cold War.

My Take on it – This is a film that I heard about a few months ago and was quite interested to see what it was all about.

The story does a nice job showing the viewer the way that these events snowballed over the course of the story.

The problem with this film is that it moves extremely slowly and there are very few tense situations along the way.

There have been numerous other espionage movies based on real events that have been able to capture the suspense and danger of these kind of operations yet in this film, the stakes don’t feel as strong as they should be.

They do a nice job portraying the atmosphere of the Cold war and how things were very different between the way the West looked at events and how those on the other side of the Iron Curtain did.

The way that the lead character needed to keep things secret even from his family is shown really well and we even get to see how this affected things in his life afterwards.

Benedict Cumberbatch is a great actor and truly shines here, but even that isn’t enough to make things more engaging.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Released on Greville Wynne’s birthday of March 19. He was born in 1919 and died on February 28,1990. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)


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