Though it’s not quite as sophisticated as it wants to be, “Our Kind Of Traitor” is a perfectly serviceable thriller that’s buoyed along by its attractive cast and a duo of stand-out performances. Based on the novel from mystery master John Le Carre (author of “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy”) the film utilises the everyday-man-caught-up-in-espionage situation quite adequately, and under the direction of Susanna White (“Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang”) it maintains interest for its brisk running time.
Holidaying in Morocco in a bid to mend their broken marriage, English poetics professor Perry (Ewan McGregor) and barrister Gail (Naomie Harris) find themselves swept away in the dangerous world of the Russian mafia when they befriend Dima (an enthusiastic Stellan Skarsgard). Desperate to leave his criminal life behind and start anew with his family, Dima enlists Perry to help turn over vital information to the authorities, which only threatens Perry’s innocent life further.
Despite a committed cast (Damian Lewis also impresses as the agent trying to help both Dima and Perry), “Traitor” never truly gains the momentum it promises but it’s still interesting enough that you can’t help but feel invested; it certainly helps that Skarsgard makes for an extremely likeable antihero, and it’s his performance that drives the film so sternly.
In a movie season where sequels, animated fare, and big budgets are running rampant, “Traitor” is indeed a welcome change of pace, an adequate thriller made for an adult audience that doesn’t need the bells and whistles of a blockbuster to survive.
“Our Kind of Traitor” is in cinemas now. Watch the trailer below: