I didn't have a huge amount of desire to see this film, but I ended up volunteering at a showing of it. The cast was really good, but the premise seemed really generic, so I was expecting a decent espionage thriller, and that's what I got.
The cast is the only thing that really makes this film stand out among the sea of spy films. Ewan McGregor is great as the everyday protagonist. He is believable and plays the emotions well. Stellan Skarsgård does the same in his role, realistic as a father who cares about his family enough to risk his own safety.
The writing of the film is extremely formulaic. That being said, the protagonists are pretty well-developed, with their morals being clear and likable. I will say that in the first half of the film, the female characters function solely as motivation or hinderance of the male protagonists. As the film begins to develop, however, Naomie Harris's character and the other female characters have more to do. The antagonist is a bit weak, but the film is more about the building relationships between the protagonists. That brings me to my next point. The stakes, while high, almost never seem to show. There are quite a few points where it looks like the protagonists are about to get into a dangerous situation, only for the film to go in a different direction. It's not the most exciting espionage thriller, but it is never boring, either.
So overall, "Our Kind of Traitor" was a decent, but not great espionage thriller. The cast is good, but other than that, it's another forgettable entry into a full genre.
Our Kind of Traitor
Big Tuna's Rating: B-
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Maybe.
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