If you can’t get enough of Kit Harington (Jon Snow from Game of Thrones), the recently Blu-ray MI-5 is worth a look, especially if you’re a fan of action driven, twist filled thrillers.
The movie is based on the hit British TV series of the same name, with the storyline centers on the attempts to track down a terrorist who escapes during a seemingly routine transport. This operational mistake leads MI-5 Intelligence Chief Harry Pearce (a steely Peter Firth) to disappear off the face of the earth in search of the terrorist. His decision leads to his initial blackballing from MI-5’s top brass (which includes Jennifer Ehle, David Harewood, and Tim McInnerny), and with the organization hot on his trail the only man he can trust is Will Holloway (Harington), the agent he dismissed several years ago. Holloway has trust issues with Pearce, but if the two patch up their differences and focus on the task at hand, a huge terrorist attack in London is imminent.
Harington, who spends much of the storyline running from one intense sequence to the next (when he’s not chasing down Pearce, he’s attempting to stop snipers and a collection of terrorists), proves that he’s adept in the action genre. Firth, whose character seems to always be one step ahead of the game, brings a refreshing sense of gravitas to the film, which also keeps viewers guessing on the motivations of each agent. The ending, which focuses on the verbal showdown between two of MI-5’s top officials, is a memorable one (especially if you love twists).
The special features on the Blu-ray include “The Making of MI-5” featurette and two deleted scenes. The deleted segments are actually extended scenes from the movie, and they bring out a huge twist concerning Will Holloway’s father. Both scenes are worth watching, and one wonders why they were actually excised from the theatrical cut.
Posted By: Greg Srisavasdi