(2021) (Benedict Cumberbatch, Merab Ninidze) (PG-13)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Drama: An ordinary British salesman is recruited by British and American spy agencies to transport top-secret photos of Soviet nuclear war plans -- given to him by a military intelligence officer -- out of Russia.
It's the early 1960s and Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev is stepping up his rabble-rousing regarding Russia's nuclear might, all of which has military veteran and current military intelligence colonel Oleg Penkovsky (MERAB NINIDZE) concerned. With a wife and daughter he wants to protect, he sees nuclear war with America as inevitable unless he does something, and thus sets out to get government and military plans out to the West. That's garnered the attention of CIA agent Emily Donovan (RACHEL BROSNAHAN) and her MI6 counterpart, Dickie Franks (ANGUS WRIGHT), who realize they must proceed with caution lest anything they do alert the KGB of Oleg's desires and actions.
Accordingly, they convince British salesman Greville Wynne (BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH) to serve as the courier for what Oleg is offering, with Greville to work under the pretense of wanting to expand his business operations into Russia. But he can't let anyone know of his new mission, including his wife, Sheila (JESSIE BUCKLEY), or their 10-year-old son, Andrew (KEIR HILLS).
As Greville and Oleg begin their risky endeavor, the two men form a friendship, all while realizing they must watch everything they do and say as Oleg begins taking photos of secret plans and gets them to Greville who transports them back to Emily and Dickie.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- Some teens might, especially if they're into the real-life history behind the story and/or are fans of anyone in the cast.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
- For violence, partial nudity, brief strong language, and smoking throughout.
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