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|Original title:||Our kind of traitor|
|Production country:||Großbritannien 2015|
|Running time:||Ca. 108 min.|
|Rated:||From 16 years|
A romantic dream vacation under the palm trees of Marrakech should actually help save the marriage of Oxford lecturer Perry (Ewan McGregor) and his wife, lawyer Gail (Naomie Harris). But when that doesn't really work out, Perry remains alone after a failed dinner and makes the acquaintance of the Russian Dima (Stellan Skarsgård), who makes the Brit forget his worries for a few moments at a wild party night. But appearances are deceptive, because Dima has a dangerous plan: He wants to defect to Great Britain and Perry should help him. As a money launderer for the Russian mafia, Dima has information that should be of great interest to the British secret services - and they are to hand it over to Perry. He reluctantly embarks on this supposedly simple messenger service, believing that it would save the life of Dima and his family. But the deal isn't as simple as he thought it would be. Instead, the British secret agent Hector (Damian Lewis) makes it clear to him that he and Gail are now targeted by the Russian mafia and that Perry has to help mediate further between the secret service and Dima, if they want to get out of the matter unharmed. And suddenly the couple becomes a plaything of international secret services in the midst of a deadly cat-and-mouse game…
"Traitor like us" is, after "The Eternal Gardener" or "Lady, King, Ace, Spy", another adaptation of a novel written by espionage specialist John le Carré. However, the thriller by director Susanna White ("A Magical Nanny") has less to compete with earlier cinema adaptations of le Carrés novels than with Susanne Beer's recently released TV multi-part "The Night Manager". Because Beer's mini-series has shown that it is precisely the elaboration of interesting characters that makes le Carrés sometimes quite similarly knitted stories so exciting and stirring. But there is more time for a TV production lasting several hours than for a two-hour feature film. Here, the figures often run the risk of becoming flat clichés. Although this can be largely avoided in "Traitors like us", it is precisely Perry, who is played by Ewan McGregor, who lacks the multi-layered depth that has made Tom Hiddleston's "Night Manager" a very interesting character.
Susanna White nevertheless manages well to create an exciting scenario in which the boundaries between good and evil are not clearly drawn. Their movie is solid entertainment, that never gets boring, yet doesn't offer any real surprises either. As a viewer you often already know exactly how a scene ends (this is especially true for an important moment at the end of the movie), when it just has started. The atmospheric locations and some well constructed moments of tension can't hide the fact that the thriller dramaturgically only offers very conventional food.
The actors from whom the film can profit most in the end are the very good ones. White has put together a first-rate ensemble that can solidly cover even overused clichés. Especially Damian Lewis and Stellan Skarsgård leave a very good impression. The performance of the actors and the good directing make "Traitor Like Us" an exciting thriller, which doesn't revolutionize the genre, but offers very good and entertaining entertainment to all those who like solid espionage thrillers. But there is a very clear one: Worth seeing!
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