One of the best espionage dramas to come out of Britain in the last few years is the the spy show Spooks. The series focused on a group of MI-5 officers and ran for 10 seasons culminating with 6 million viewers tuning in for the finale back in 2011. And it would seem that that kind of viewership has prompted them to make a movie out of it. For the feature film, they’ve roped in Kit Harrington (Game Of Thrones) and along with his international appeal, the movie has been rebranded as MI-5 (not to be confused with that other M:I-5 from earlier in the year). The British spy show turned espionage thriller action flick has already released in the UK in May under the original title Spooks: The Greater Good, but now it’s finally getting an international release.
The story is set several years after the end of the TV series, Harry Pearce (Peter Firth) is still head of the counter-terrorism department (Section D) at MI-5. Harry’s team is transporting apprehended terrorist Adem Qasim (Elyes Gabel) through London when the convoy is attacked, allowing Qasim to escape and a CIA operative to be killed. MI-5 is humiliated in the press, and relations between British and American intelligence agencies are frayed. And with Pearce not knowing who to trust, he has to turn to young MI5 officer Will Holloway (Harrington) who has a personal grudge against him.
Fans of the show can get a taste of what to expect with this new trailer below:
I have not seen the series and might just take it upon myself do so before watching this movie. If the trailer is anything to go by then the movie looks like a solid spy thriller, although I wouldn’t be holding my breath for anything on the scale of Mission: Impossible or James Bond.
MI-5 is directed by Bharat Nalluri, who also directed episodes of the TV series and is set for release on Dec. 4 2016.
Last Updated: November 5, 2015