Our Kind of Traitor Saturday, 06 June 2020

Our Kind of Traitor

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    15 (UK): Very strong language, strong sex, violence, drug use, sexual violence.

  • The pitch:

    A game of hide and seek.

  • Starring:

    Ewan McGregor, Stellan Skarsgård, Naomie Harris, Damian Lewis, Khalid Abdalla, Marek Oravec, Pawel Szajda, Velibor Topic, Grigoriy Dobrygin, Dolya Gavanski, Mariya Fomina

  • Directed by:

    Susanna White

  • Running time:

    107 minutes

  • Rated:

    CTC (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)


    People are raped, shot, punched, pushed, slammed against walls/objects, smacked, headbutted, stabbed, near-choked, kicked, beaten, hit with objects, scalded with hot tea, slapped, thumped. A dog is stabbed to death (yelp heard/corpse seen). Helicopter crash, explosion. Arguing, screaming. Stories heard of father hitting son for child playing with gun, a hero being executed, a woman being slapped during sex, a man shot during a violent sexual encounter with the gunman's mother. A man fears his family will be killed. Money laundering, traitor, corruption, son in jail, hunting, female trafficking, shoot myself mentioned. Blood/gore: Corpses (human/animal). Bloody faces, heads, cheek, hands, noses, objects, cut; blood spatter, wiping blood. Head with open bullet wound. Bruising, bandage, arm in sling.


    A woman screams/cries as a man takes her from behind. Couples have sex in bedrooms/in public against a wall. Kissing (m-f; f-f), hugging. Full male nudity (front and rear views), full female nudity (rear view), exposed breast, shirtless men, cleavage. Skimpy dancewear, clothing. A man is reminded of his infidelity (sleeping with a student). A teen girl claims she is pregnant.


    Drugs (snorting cocaine, smoking a joint). Alcohol (champagne, wine, spirits, shots). Smoking. A room full of people appear to be intoxicated/stoned. Selling drugs, heroin mentioned.


    C-word, f-words, s-words, a-words, bastard, w*nking, bloody. Name-calling. A child says the f-word; children are called a**holes. Slang for genitals.


    Informants, corruption, conspiracy, British intelligence, chance encounters, Russian mafia, tennis, family, relationships, suspicion, trust, surveillance, honour, betrayal.


    Family killed. Dead father/husband. Dead parents mentioned. Dogs, camel, birds, goats, deer, horses. Fireworks, helicopter, light aircraft. Some foreign languages (some subtitles). Based on the novel by John le Carré.


    Smart, globetrotting, brisk, energetic, lingering, sleek, upscale, contemporary, well-intentioned, solid. Wild/funny/boisterous/colourful/alive/dynamic/flamboyant performance by Stellan Skarsgård, exotic locations, some rich characterisation, gorgeous/stylish/handsome/lush/inventive visuals, alluring set design, exemplary technical credits, visually engrossing, stunning cameo by Carlos Acosta, fun cameo by John le Carré.


    Implausible, schematic, generic, unlucky-feeling. Straighforward plot, questionable casting, lacks the energy/pace of other le Carré thrillers.

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