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‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’

Posted by Dr. Vollmer on January 5, 2012

   Maybe this review will involve some spoilers, so reader beware.

  What is wonderful about this hard to follow movie is that although the center theme focuses on a chess game of strategy, the underlying theme focuses on the power of relationships. Relationships don’t just create meaning in life, they can also alter cognitive functioning. The way one thinks can be changed by who one engages with, and the feelings that arise in those relationships can change a strategy game, rather dramatically. For that, the movie is worth seeing. Otherwise, it is a mediocre story of deception, layered on deception. There is no honor among thieves. We all know that, yet we suspend believe; we don’t want to know that, but at the same time, we know that. This never-ending question of who can be trusted reminds us painfully, that all too many times, the answer is absolutely no one. Betrayals are inevitable, be they large or small. Coping with those betrayals, and choosing people who only give us little betrayals seems the key to life’s success. Two point five hours, well spent, mostly.

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