Restless

Restless

DVD - 2015
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"A young woman finds out that her mother worked as a spy for the British Secret Service during World War II and has been on the run ever since"--www.imdb.com.
Publisher: [Silver Spring, Maryland] :, Acorn,, [2015]
Copyright Date: ♭2015
ISBN: 9781621724278
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 185 min.) :,sound, colour ;,12 cm., in container
video file, DVD video, region 1, rda
digital, optical, surround, Dolby 5.1, rda

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LEL
Nov 18, 2017

Tediously slow and unconvincing tale. I was particularly perturbed when it turned out [spoiler alert!] that Romer was actually a Russian/English double spy. Why spy for the Russians in the early days of WWII? Because, writer Boyd would have us believe, the Russians didn't want the US involved in the European conflict, because the Russians wanted to control Europe when it was all over. Bull! There is no historical proof of this cockeyed idea. Russia was concerned about merely surviving WWII - they weren't counting on actually winning the war.

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jimg2000
Oct 15, 2017

WWII British spooks spread fake news to coerce US to join the fight against the Germans during WWII (America's got to join this war or we'll have no London to go home to.) One of the rising star was a top notch recruit, an attractive Russian Jewish immigrant. A gripping recount of her missions back in those days. Then, thanks to a photo in the Cambridge News and Herald, her secret cover over the past decades was blown and she must now confront the loose end from her final mission, with her daughter’s help. A cloak and dagger story with women as disposable tools of the trade, except one instinctive agent made her own plans. Last, agree with BritCrimeDramaFan on the miscast bit. But glad to see English actresses like Atwell and Dockery who were super in their roles.

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Fisheagle1
Sep 15, 2017

The movie was well made with plenty of action and intrigue.

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MartineVK
Aug 06, 2017

I'm an hour into this and aside from being bored, there are already loads of howlers: 1) Boyd calls the lady spy Eva Delectorskaya . As in "delectable." Well, I suppose Pussy Galore was already taken. 2) Her brother the spy is killed by fascist thugs, in what is shown to be a very minor beating. Really? Who knew you could die from being briefly roughed up? 3) Lady spy chooses to work for the spymaster, although she has an elderly father to protect and her brother has just been killed. Whose going to take care of Dad if she (more than likely) gets killed too? 4) At her spy training they tell her that her boss has said she doesn't need to have the pistol training that seemingly others are receiving. Shortly thereafter, her boss tells her to trust no one, especially him. She says she won't. But does she next say "Well then, I think I should be trained in how to use a pistol." No she does not. Because she trusts him. Obviously she is stupid and he is devious. And we're supposed to believe she survives the war? I don't think so.

After finishing it, I found it pointless and implausible. A weak spy story woven around a bit of sexual attraction. The only good thing was seeing a female go on an adventure. But this is offset by her being too stupid to see how she is being manipulated.

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BritCrimeDramaFan
Jun 12, 2017

Kept my interest though takes a while to get going. The choice to move the drama forward using parallel stories works, but wish they'd have tried to find actors that looked more alike than Rufus Sewell/Michael Gambon + Hayley Atwell/Charlotte Rampling. Gambon is pretty much wasted in his infinitesimal role anyway.

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cmarie20
Mar 18, 2017

Excellent spy thriller. Wonder how much is true.

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olaffrost
Mar 03, 2017

Not a bad story and interesting if one wants to see a show with female protagonists in action.
It was another runaway production from Europe made in South Africa and set in Europe and North America.

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ScorchingSun
Feb 12, 2017

A slow mover.
Except for Hayley Atwell (as lovely as ever), there was not much to get excited about here.
Certainly good sets and atmosphere. But other than the secret revelations between mother and daughter, there was little depth in character relationships.
Rufus Sewell might as well have been carved out of cardboard.

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empbee
Jan 22, 2017

A very good adaptation of William Boyd's spy thriller with alternating story line between the second World War and the present linked together. Great acting.

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OpihiMan425
Dec 29, 2016

This series is much better than your usual movie or TV show. Good plot and good actresses (and actors) flesh out the recruitment and development of a young woman, recruited to a British intelligence service prior to WW2. Nice job by Hayley Atwell, and good to see Charlotte Rampling and Michelle Dockery in key roles.

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jimg2000
Oct 15, 2017

We all have secrets. No one knows half the truth about anybody.

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Who the hell is Eva Delectorskaya?
- I am.
No. No, you're not. You're my mother. You're Sally Gilmartin.
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You won't need weapons in your line of work.
- But what if I'm in mortal danger?
Well, it's most unlikely, But if you find yourself in mortal danger, then use your intuition. Use your animal instincts.
You always have your nails and your teeth.

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jimg2000
Oct 15, 2017

'Charles A Lindbergh, the famous aviator, speaking at an America First rally in Chicago today 'said that American democracy can only be preserved 'by keeping out of the present war in Europe. Any attempt to involve America in war abroad 'should be fiercely resisted. Mr Lindbergh declared that it was incumbent on the US Government 'and the president to build national defence at home 'and that those calling for intervention in Europe 'were only going to weaken our great country. Mr Lindbergh added that the pro-war interventionist movement 'was in fact anti-patriotic' Coffee.
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The windows were closed. The door was locked from the inside, key in the lock. They're bloody good, these Russians.
- What do you mean?
When it looks like a grade-A, incontestable, unmistakable suicide, it probably isn't.

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jimg2000
Oct 15, 2017

I want you to meet a man called Mason Harding, you know, get to know him.
- How will you feel if I get to know this man well?
How I feel has nothing to do with it. How YOU feel has nothing to do with it either. We're losing this war, Eva.
And we'll lose it for sure if we don't get the Americas on our side. It's as simple as that.
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You're doing good work, Eva. Keep your feelings out of it.
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The close follow? I was never more than three or four yards from you. You expect a crow to be following you at a safe distance, but sometimes crows are on your heels.
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What's important about Prenslo?
- It's on the border with Germany. We're perfectly safe. Holland is neutral, remember?
I had heard. Just like the good old US of A.

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jimg2000
Oct 15, 2017

Look, don't get me wrong. We love England. FDR loves England. Harry Hopkins loves England. If it was up to us we'd be there, fighting the Nazis with you, shoulder to shoulder. Mano a mano. But we can't go to war without a vote in Congress. Which we would never, ever win. Not by a country mile. 80% of Americans are against entering the war in Europe. 80%. Eight out of ten Americans want nothing to do with your war.
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If I'd told you the real plan, you'd have got nervous and given it away.
- You're the expert, I suppose.
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Why did you check it? Did anyone ask you to?
- No.
So why did you?
- I just … Because … Because I thought I should. Instinct, I suppose.
Good procedure. Instinct That's the key.

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jimg2000
Oct 15, 2017

They can't point the finger at us and say, "Another of your British dirty tricks to trap us into your European war." They found this themselves in their own back yard. What can the Anglophobes or the Isolationists say? What can America First say? This is hard evidence. The Nazis are planning airline routes between Mexico City and Texas, for Christ's sake. They're on your doorstep, USA. It's not something happening across the Atlantic in distant Europe this war is coming to you.

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Raul was just going to hand the map in to a local newspaper, to feed it in to the system until your plan took over.
-There wasn't a plan. I didn't have a plan.
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Everything happened because you didn't do what you'd been told to.
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What were you doing in the East End?
-I was looking for someone. A man.
Did you find him?
-Yes, I did, actually. I wanted to say goodbye to him.
And did you?
-Yes… forever.

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jimg2000
Oct 15, 2017

At the end of 1941, the last thing the Russians wanted was America entering the war in Europe. Oh, no, Europe was for Russia.
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…spy of spies. The ultimate double agent. … So you're the Sixth Man.

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You could never understand how, for an Englishman, sometimes it's as easy to hate your country as it is to love it.
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***SPOILER ALERT***
This was the man I loved, the man I thought loved me. He trained me, he knew me incredibly well. He knew he didn't have to tell me what to do in New Mexico, because he knew I'd do it anyway. That's what was so damn clever.
-He didn't need to tell you to check the map.
Exactly - because he knew I would. And he knew I'd see there was something wrong that I wouldn't go though with the plan, that I'd go off on my own.

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And you had to kill xxyz.
-Yes.
I wouldn't be sitting here, otherwise.

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