Our Kind of Traitor (2016)

Our Kind of Traitor might have been a semi-decent thriller, if it hadn’t been so far-fetched. Well, at least the cast was quite good, so it wasn’t a complete waste of time.

I just simply couldn’t understand the motivation of McGregor’s character. When a member of the Russian mob asks for his help, he pulls a Robert Langdon and really goes for it. Perhaps I’m not such a humanitarian, since it didn’t seem neither believable nor reasonable. OK, the mobster has a bunch of kids who all might be killed *sob, sob*, but is that really a valid argument? Would you risk your life for virtual strangers? Also, some of the characters seemed way too stupid to be involved in such high stake games. For instance, using one’s phone whilst hiding in a safe house definitely qualifies as a silly thing to do.

The only thing I appreciated was the fact that the film used Russian speaking actors for Russian characters. All due respect to the American actors, but their Russian accent is too horrible to be taken seriously.

All in all, an average film. At one point one of the character asks the other one ‘Why are you still here?’ to which the other replies – ‘I don’t know.’ And that sums up my feelings while watching this film. I have no idea why I even bothered to watch it till the end.

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