7*; The Operative (2019)

Particulars:
-Foreign film scores well …
-… as usual

Intrigue and relationships are sufficient to recommend this film to people who like to engage. There’s action enough, but that’s not the reason I would pick to watch this, or most, movies. Story strength is important, and you will find it here.

Diane Kruger is the lead as Rachel. I’m not familiar with her film work , which dates at least to 2002. She conveys “I’m-a-real-person,” which is more satisfying than the caricatures often emanating from the silver screen. Leave the latter to her spy-ring handler.

Martin Freeman is the boss, Thomas. I know him from somewhere, probably episodes of The Office … though those appearances were nearly two decades ago. His character was too predictable, but I suspect he played the role as asked and should get credit for doing so with aplomb.

The Operative is another foreign film that pleases. Watch it for insight into the spy world, delightful destinations, fun engagement with the continually unfolding tale, and connection with personalities you probably haven’t known .

*(star) rating in the title is mine; e.g. 7*=Seven Stars (maximum 10)

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