MI5 operatives find themselves entangled in a maze of corruption



13 years after the launch of Spooks on BBC1, Spooks: The Greater Good is strategically planted on the big screen.


Thankfully, Spooks retains its gritty, snub-nosed edge, as its cast of morally compromised operatives find themselves black-bagged and entangled in a maze of corruption, murder and intrigue, with the fate of MI5 hanging in the balance.


Pitched against the Bauers, Bournes and Bonds, is our very own Kit Harrington (Will Holloway), alongside Peter Firth (Harry Peace), Mr. Spook himself, recast as the all-knowing, all-seeing mentor of Will, and shadowy figure behind every crime and misplaced bullet casing throughout the film.


We join the operatives of Mi5 as Elyes Gabel (Adem Qasim), mastermind terrorist, is sprung while being transported across London. Paranoia and suspicion flood the plot, as the mediocre agents of Mi5 desperately try to piece the puzzle together. Paying homage to true Britishness, Jennifer Ehle is cast as the M-come-Elizabeth Bennett, Geraldine Maltby, of the service, complete in calm and etiquette.


It turns out (surprise, surprise) that MI5 has been compromised and infiltrated. In keeping with the style and feel of the award-winning TV series, murders are up-close and personal, and catch the uninitiated off-guard.


What ensues is a well-crafted cat-and-mouse chase through Europe, as Will is crossed, and double-crossed, into solving the mystery of exactly who is what in the murky world of classified information.


True to form, the director, Bharat Nalluri, and writers, Jonathan Brackley and Sam Vincent, hold reality to account: there are no flashy gun battles, or roof-jumping antics. Spooks: The Greater Good is subtle and veiled; just enough to suck you in, and then misdirect you to a shockingly efficient revelation, typically delivered by the person you least suspect.



Words by Darren Steer.




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“Thankfully, Spooks retains its gritty, snub-nosed edge.”

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