Spooks: The Greater Good
Kit Harington, Peter Firth, Jennifer Ehle, Michael Wildman
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…a pacy, well-crafted spy-thriller that certainly matches the competition.
Spooks: The Greater Good, picking up where David Wolstencroft’s acclaimed TV series left off, fits comfortably between James Bond and Ethan Hunt – aptly balancing straight-edged surveillance drama and light-hearted thrills.
Spooks: The Greater Good kicks off with your typical convoy-attack sequence within London’s CBD. A small terrorist cell attacks the MI-5 unit, freeing apprehended leader, Adem Qasim (Elyes Gabel). The disaster shakes MI-5’s foundations, making the British Government, press, and fellow agencies question its purpose. Counter-terrorism department head, Harry Pearce (Peter Firth), soon disappears, further fraying relations between American and British intelligence. Pearce, investigating Qasim’s movements, believes that a top MI5 official seeks to destroy the agency from the inside. Enter decommissioned agent, Will Holloway (Kit Harington), to track Pearce throughout Europe.
The production resembles a two-part miniseries/ spin-off of the Spooks series. There is also little separating the plot from that of the Bourne or Mission: Impossible entries – checking off everything from double crosses, to a lead character on the run scenario, to a strained mentor/protégé dynamic. Director, Bharat Nalluri, working from Jonathan Brackley and Sam Vincent’s screenplay, knows how to up the ante. Aware of the original’s appeal, Nalluri delivers multiple foot chases and gun fights. Fittingly, its focus on tech-driven, nose-to-thegrindstone surveillance highlights the franchise’s immense scope. Teaming up with returning Spooks cast members, newcomers, Kit Harington and Jennifer Ehle, match the series’ whip-smart, assertive attitude. Spooks: The Greater Good, though nothing entirely new, is a pacy, well-crafted spy-thriller that certainly matches the competition.