Based on the facts of the true story of Greville Wynne (Benedict Cumberbatch). Who was used as a courier between MI6 and the CIA? The Oleg Penkovsky Mole (Merab Ninidze) during the Cold War?
Wynne (Benedict Cumberbatch) which is, applicable for all practical purposes, is an ordinary businessman. The simple Britisher entertained Eastern European clients when he tried to fight for his wife Sheila (Jessie Buckley), and the son returned home.
So, when he was recruited by the CIA Agent Emily (Rachel Brosnahan). His reaction was a childish pleasure. When he began working with Russian colonel Oleg Penkovsky, a spy under the Ironbark code’s name, the couple built a friendship while maintaining the appearance.
A man who is not stable with his finger on the nuclear button. The world has come so far from the 1960s. Where couriers are based that we have stopped worrying about this.
Even when people like that seem to be in multiples now. This film is about when a heated nuclear race puts East and West on the eternal edge. One such chapter in the tense time was the 1962 Cuban missile crisis.
The story of The film said it was an important footnote in it, consisting of two heroes. The wives loving and quietly – the story itself remained unknown.
The review of The Courier:
Both are ordinary English entrepreneurs/salesmen, Wynne (Cumberbatch) and a decorated Soviet military officer, Penkovsky (Ninidze). Penkovsky reached out to Americans, worried about the chairman of the eccentricity and itching for the War Khrushchev. By meeting Penkovsky with a guise of trading.
Director Cooke avoids drama from two superpowers for drama from these two small men. Cumberbatch, also one of the manufacturers, and Ninidze is excellent as two operators and husband and father.
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Who makes unusual friendships in unusual circumstances. Mainly meeting in Moscow where even walls have ears. They talk to my goodness about their children, dreams, and life outside all this.
There were times in Bolshoi and dancing and drinking at the west end. But, Penkovsky consciously and Wynne increasingly realized the risk of letting their guards slip.
In keeping it so intimate, the film both won and lost.
What feeling at stake was never soon, even when American handler Wynne Emily (Brosnahan). It spelled it was a bit too dramatic in one scene. Couriers spend too little time on spy ring mechanisms.
The ingenuity and difficulty of how Penkovsky took out the items to the west through Wynne. Even all he shared you have to wait for the final title.
To be told by the Western Soviet resources most precious. Cooke seems uninterested in adding to the hassle outside the big n-bomb shadow.
If it makes the film almost flat, the helpless time is spent. To describe what it means to be filed in a Soviet prison. Even when the empathy courier approach against his colleagues in Russia was welcome assistance, this section almost canceled it towards the end.
However, if only for the story of Penkovsky and Wynne, and how both of them. It almost entered a history that did not know they had saved disasters.
If only for Ninidze and Cumberbatch acting (and Buckley as Wynne’s wife). If only for a few quiet nights In the Moscow alley. Where the heroes glowed without a shot and the pursuit of the car, the courier was worth watching.