(2016) (Ewan McGregor, Stellan Skarsgard) (R)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Dramatic Thriller: A poetry professor and his lawyer wife find themselves caught up in a Russian money launderer's efforts to defect from the Russian mob.
- London poetry professor Perry Makepeace (EWAN McGREGOR) and his lawyer wife Gail Perkins (NAOMIE HARRIS) are in Marrakech trying to recover their marriage, but the strain is deep. When she leaves dinner to go work, that situation draws the attention of the boisterous Dima (STELLAN SKARSGARD) who invites Perry over for a drink and then to a party. He eventually reveals he's a money launderer for the Russian mob, but is concerned that its new prince, Nicholas Petrov (GRIGORIY DOBRYGIN), and son of the former leader, had one of his own killed, along with that man's wife and daughter.
Married to Tamara (SASKIA REEVES), Dima is worried about her safety as well as that of their 18-year-old daughter, Natasha (ALICIA VON RITTBERG), as well as two young twins girls they're now responsible for following the murder of their parents. Dima wants Perry, upon his return to London, to deliver a thumb drive to intelligence agents at MI6, and Perry reluctantly agrees. But he's stopped at the airport by one such agent, Hector (DAMIAN LEWIS), who's running a small surveillance team on the Russian mob and wants to know what Perry knows.
Perry and Gail are eventually let go, but then contacted again by Hector who informs Perry that Dima wants him at a meeting with MI6. The money launderer needs a witness in case they renege on a deal of delivering the names and account numbers of corrupt government types -- including possibly Hector's boss, Aubrey Longrigg (JEREMY NORTHAM) -- in exchange for asylum for Dima and his family. Worrying about the latter, Perry and Gail agree to assist, although their sudden involvement with Dima draws the suspicious eye of Petrov's lieutenant, Emilio (VELIBOR TOPIC). From that point on, Perry does what he can to help his new friend as things become ever more perilous.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- If they're into dramatic thrillers involving espionage and such, it might prove of interest to them, especially if they're also fans of someone in the cast.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
- For violence, language throughout, some sexuality, nudity and brief drug use.
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