Movie Review – MI-5 (2016)

MI-5
Directed by Bharat Nalluri
Courtesy of Lionsgate
Release Date: February 9, 2016

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Ok…I confess: one of my primary reasons for wanting to watch MI-5 was because of Kit Harington, AKA Jon Snow on GAME OF THRONES. I’m not crushing on the guy or anything, but I really like his character in GoT, so I was curious as to how he would do in other roles. I’m happy to report he’s just as good here as he is on The Wall. And in addition to the great acting, MI-5 is a compelling thriller full of twists and turns. If you’re a fan of spy movies, you’ll definitely want to check out this film for sure.

If you are not familiar with MI-5, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Lionsgate:

When a terrorist escapes custody during a routine handover, Will Holloway must team with disgraced MI-5 Intelligence Chief Harry Pearce to track him down before an imminent terrorist attack on London.

I am not familiar with the show MI-5, but from what I understand, the movie is a nice compliment to it. Peter Firth stars in the show as well, but Harington’s character is new. I plan on catching up on the series soon, and I hope it is as entertaining as the film.

MI-5 is shot well and looks good onscreen. The production value seems high, and I had no problems with anything regarding the sets or filming locales. While not a huge-budgeted picture, I would assume it was modest nonetheless.

As mentioned above, the acting in MI-5 is very good. In addition to Harington and Firth, the cast is highlighted by Elyes Gabel, also a GAME OF THRONES alumni. Gabel portrays the villain, Qasim, and does a fine job. Whereas many baddies are one-dimensional, Gabel brings depth to the character and, in turn, creates a villain you almost feel sorry for.

There aren’t many special effects in MI-5, but the film doesn’t need many. This is not a Bond film, with gadgets and explosions galore. This is a more realistic thriller that focuses on tension and intrigue over gizmos. Don’t get me wrong: I love Bond, too. But MI-5 cannot be classified in the same genre.

My sole complaint about the film is that it feels a bit rushed in places. Holloway’s background is a bit hazy, as is the relationship he shares with Firth’s character. You can get by with making assumptions during the film, and eventually several things are answered…but fleshing them out and making the film ten minutes longer would not have hampered it in the least.

Still, MI-5 is a big win for me, and I recommend giving it a look. Fans of spies and espionage should feel right at home with this one. The film is available now in a variety of formats.

MSB

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