‘All The Old Knives‘ is a spy thriller directed by directed by Janus Metz Pedersen and based on a novel by Steinhauer, who also wrote the screenplay. It was made by Entertainment One and released on Amazon Prime Video.
CIA Agent Henry Pelham (Chris Pine) is assigned by his former boss Vick Wallinger (Laurence Fishburne) to investigate the Flight 127 incident. Their old CIA bureau handled the incident in 2012, where a group of Islamic extremists took a place hostage at an Austrian airport and then massacred the crew along with the passengers. Pelham connects with retired colleague and former girlfriend Celia Harrison (Thandiwe Newton), who is suspected of being a mole. Together they remise how Wallinger, Ceila’s boss Bill Compton (Jonathan Pryce), and other agents race to ease the situation. As they talk, secrets are revealed about Flight 127 and how it all ended in tragedy.
If you are looking for an uplifting story, try a different film. This movie is a tense thriller about trying to uncover a possible mole within their friends, yet both suspect each other. There were very few moments of brevity, if any at all. That being said, it was pretty interesting.
The plot was solid and the acting was good. No one had any standout moments, but every actor and actress did well with their roles. I was not crazy about the title. It seemed to have nothing to do with the story and I could not even figure out a metaphorical meaning behind it.
There were two things that did bother me about the film.The editing was a little erratic. There were flashbacks, flashbacks within the flashbacks, side flashes, and at times it was difficult to discern at one point in time we were observing, outside of the main story arc. The second was the twists. At the climax, it felt there was three twists. It was a tad confusing, but you got the idea behind it.
Like I said earlier, the plot was solid. I genuinely felt the tension as the characters sought the truth and wondered who the mole was who allowed the tragedy to happen. In the past moments, you still felt the tension in those moments as well, even though you know how it ends.
Bottom line, All The Old Knives does have a few flaws and it is not the greatest spy thriller ever. That being said, it had some good points about it that make it a decent watch.
FAVORITE QUOTES: Headquarters believes them. That’s what matters.
PARENTAL CONCERNS: Strong foul language, Violence, Sexual content including nudity
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