Our Kind of Traitor | Chicago Reader

Our Kind of Traitor

A British professor of poetics (Ewan McGregor), trying to salvage his marriage with a romantic vacation in Marrakech, has a chance encounter at a bar with a Russian mobster (Stellan Skarsgard), who convinces the scholar to help him turn on his bosses and expose a conspiracy that extends to the upper echelon of British intelligence. (Many more non sequiturs follow.) I haven't read the John le Carré novel that inspired this incoherent mess, but I have to imagine the old spymaster connected the dots better than they are here. To judge by the puzzled looks plastered on the actors' faces for the entire movie, they had no clue what any of it meant or why anyone would care. Susanna White directed.

Credits

Director:

  • Susanna White

Cast:

  • Ewan McGregor
  • Stellan Skarsgård
  • Damian Lewis
  • Naomie Harris
  • Jeremy Northam
  • Khalid Abdalla
  • Mark Gatiss
  • Saskia Reeves
  • Alicia von Rittberg
  • Alec Utgoff
  • Mark Stanley
  • Grigoriy Dobrygin
  • Marek Oravec

Producers:

  • Gail Egan
  • Stephen Cornwell
  • Simon Cornwell
  • John le Carré
  • Tessa Ross
  • Sam Lavender
  • Olivier Courson
  • Ron Halpern
  • Jenny Borgars

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