Movie Guide

  • 2019-07-31

The Operative (2019) – in cinemas from Friday, August 02

The Operative is a thriller film, written and directed by Yuval Adler, based on the novel The English Teacher, by Yiftach Reicher Atir, a former intelligence officer. It stars Diane Kruger, Martin Freeman and Cas Anvar.

The Operative follows the story of Rachel (Kruger), a rogue spy from Israel’s feared national intelligence force Mossad, vanishes without a trace while attending her father’s funeral in London. The only clue to her whereabouts is a cryptic phone call she places to her former handler Thomas (Freeman), who is then summoned from Germany to Israel by Mossad. With Rachel’s life immersed in her assignments as part of a vast espionage effort against Iran’s nuclear program, Thomas must retrace her steps to determine what threats she may now pose to their operation, while also working to protect her. 

The Operative is one of those slow spy thrillers, it takes its time to build the characters and attempts are made to connect audiences to Diane Kruger’s character. Spy movies often revolve around the question of where loyalties lie, and this one puts an intriguing spin on that prospect.

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