Tag Archives: Espionage

The Spy Gone North (2018) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): The Spy Who Came into North Korea

South Korean film “The Spy Gone North” did not show me anything particularly new. Inspired by the remarkable real-life story of a South Korean secret agent who successfully approached to high-ranking North Korean officials and then even went inside North … Continue reading

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Our Kind of Traitor (2016) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): A middling adaptation of John le Carré novel

“Our Kind of Traitor”, which is based on the novel of the same name by John le Carré, engaged me to some degrees but then eventually disappointed me. Although this is a fairly watchable espionage thriller film with some good … Continue reading

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Mission: Impossible – Fallout (2018) ☆☆☆(3/4): Cruise in another impossible mission

“Mission: Impossible – Fallout” did its job as spectacularly and exhilaratingly as we can expect from it. Again, the movie puts its hero into a series of breathtaking action sequences as he and his few trusted colleagues try to accomplish … Continue reading

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Atomic Blonde (2017) ☆☆☆(3/4): Brutal, Bruised, and Beautiful

“Atomic Blonde” is a gritty but stylish action film impressing us a lot with its colorful personality and bruised beauty. As the movie confidently moves from one narrative point to another along with its feisty, resourceful spy heroine, we are … Continue reading

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Allied (2016) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): Pitt and Cotillard in old-fashioned World War II movie

“Allied” attempts to be an old-fashioned World War II movie, and I enjoyed it to some degrees. During its first half, it tries a classic wartime romance, and this is mostly successful thanks to its authentic period atmosphere and two … Continue reading

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Jason Bourne (2016) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): The Bourne Redundancy

As I watched “Jason Bourne” during this Wednesday evening, my mind kept making comparisons while feeling the increasing detachment toward actions presented on the screen. Although it serves us with gritty, intense action sequences as busily hopping around different locations … Continue reading

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Bridge of Spies (2015) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4) : The Lawyer Who Came into the Cold

Steven Spielberg’s new film “Bridge of Spies” is a compelling Cold War story deftly balancing itself between several different factors just like its no-nonsense lawyer hero who came into the Cold. Although it can be said that the movie is … Continue reading

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Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (2015) ☆☆☆(3/4): Cruise strikes again

“Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation”, the fifth film of the franchise which was started almost 20 years ago, is packed with action sequences to thrill and excite us. Considering all the exhilarating fun we had with the previous films, that … Continue reading

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Spy (2015) ☆☆☆(3/4) : An uproarious action comedy fueled by Melissa McCarthy

Let me tell you one thing: “Spy” is an exhilarating hybrid of action and comedy a lot funnier than whatever its very simple title suggests. With its brash, indomitable comic spirit ready for more outrageous things coming along the plot, … Continue reading

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Kingsman: The Secret Agent (2014) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4) : Prim and violent

“Kingsman: The Secret Agent” is an over-the-top spy action film going wildly between casual ultra-violence and occasional self-conscious humor. It is prim and violent while giving us a little wink with its self-aware attitude, but I only observed its story … Continue reading

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