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Our Kind of Traitor

Published in O
Thursday, 30 June 2016 05:11
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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)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    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.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    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.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    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.

  • LANGUAGE

    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.

  • THEMES

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

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    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.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    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.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

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