While on vacation, a married couple unwittingly befriends a flamboyant and charismatic Russian named Dima, who – unbeknownst to them – is a kingpin money launderer for the mafia. When Dima confides to his new friends that he plans to escape from the mob, they’re quickly swept into the dangerous world of international espionage. The unlikely companions must undertake a perilous journey through Paris, Bern, and London and form an unsettling alliance with a ruthless British MI6 agent in order to save Dima and his family.
What We Thought:
Our Kind of Traitor is a pretty decent thriller. It’s nothing we haven’t seen before, but it’s an easy watch.
The cast is what makes it at least watchable. I’ve been a fan of Ewan McGregor’s for years. I think he’s an underrated actor. As a professor caught in the middle of an international scandal, he really captures that everyman type role. He’s not over the top. He’s not all of a sudden tough or badass. He’s just a teacher in the middle of it.
Stellan Skarsgard is also quite good. I’ve been a fan since Good Will Hunting. He’s believable as the money launderer for the Russian mob. Damian Lewis is also believable as a British MI6 agent. And Naomie Harris is always solid.
The film itself is pretty generic though. There’s no major “wow” in it and you can see where it’s going. It’s still an overall enjoyable film, but just don’t expect to be blown away by it.
We’ve definitely seen films and shows like it before. Just recently another John le Carre adaptation came to TV, The Night Manager. This film is very similar to that. Tom Hiddleston plays a hotel manager caught in the middle of an international investigation. McGregor gets caught in the middle of an international investigation in this. I liked that show, and again, I overall liked this.
The Blu-ray looks good with a clean, crisp picture. Colors are sharp and the action looks good. Audio has easy to hear dialogue and score. Bonus features consist of deleted scenes and featurettes.
With a lesser known cast, Our Kind of Traitor wouldn’t have worked at all. Despite not one original element in it, the cast holds your attention long enough to finish it. I don’t know if it’s something I’d watch again though, but for what it is, it is…
- Deleted Scenes
- “The Making of Our Kind of Traitor” Featurette
- “The Cast” Featurette
- “The Story” Featurette
Cast & Crew:
- Ewan McGregor
- Stellan Skarsgard
- Damian Lewis
- Naomie Harris
Recommended If You Like:
- The Night Manager
- A Most Wanted Man
- John le Carre Adaptations