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Watch: The Courier is a competent spy thriller

The film is based on the true story of a British businessman who helped MI6 penetrate the Soviet nuclear programme during the cold war. Together with a Russian source, he provided evidence that helped end the Cuban Missile Crisis.  

Acting

This is a top-notch cast who individually and together create some memorable characters and scenes.  

8 out of 10 for acting. 

Plot/Script

It’s a fascinating story that keeps you engaged, but it lacked the kind of tension you’d expect in a spy thriller and at times was a little predictable. 

7 out of 10 for story 

Cinematography

Definitely well filmed, with an overall look that seemed drained of vibrancy to emulate the drabness of Soviet Russia but quite sedate in many respects.

7 out of 10 for cinematography 

Set/Costumes  

Excellent sets and locations that were also expertly dressed to give the entire film a definitive 60s feel.  

8 out of 10 for sets and costumes 

Entertainment 

A very watchable film with very good acting, and despite needing a little more tension in it, it’s definitely worth seeing. 

8 out of 10 for entertainment value 

Average 

Adding all those scores means The Courier gets an average of 7.6 out of ten

THE COURIER 

Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Merab Ninidze, Rachel Brosnahan, Jessie Buckley, Angus Wright

Directed by: Dominic Cooke    

Duration: 111 minutes

In New Zealand Cinemas 1st April 2021

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