It's an old trick in espionage thrillers.
There's the clandestine activity, of course.
But then there's the mole within the organization, the “leak”
that threatens to corrupt the operation, and compromise the participants.
It's hard enough when you're fighting powerful enemies.
But how do you find out which of your friends is the betrayer?
Alice Racine (Noomi Rapace) is a CIA undercover agent in London
who's now operating well below the radar.
Her “cover” is an employment counselor.
That's really her own choice, because a couple of years ago she was
a field agent whose non-violent interrogation techniques were so
successful that she actually uncovered the terrorist plot to blow up a
bridge in Paris. But her
information was too late. And
the blood of the innocents still haunts her.
So, for now, she's content with underachieving.
And meanwhile, patiently continuing her personal contact with MI6,
her British counterpart, in the person of Emily Knowles (Toni Collette),
and also with her mentor, Eric Lasch (Michael Douglas), who keeps
encouraging her to put the past in the past, and take on a bigger role
Then the CIA uncovers
a terrorist plot involving biological warfare,
targeting Wembley Stadium during a popular American football match.
The big boss (John Malkovich) asks Alice to help find out who's
behind it, and stop it before disaster strikes.
Alice discovers that the whole CIA organization is compromised, and
she barely escapes several tough scrapes before she begins to learn that
the enemies within are more dangerous and well-organized than anyone
thought. The breathless
labyrinth of dead drops, double-takes, and deception catches the viewer in
the same web of intrigue as the character, who must decide whom to trust.
And people are not always who they appear to be, even the random
thief (Orlando Bloom).
We'd like to think we have agents as good as Alice Racine who are
out there somewhere, protecting us not only from the fire-breathing
jihadists, but also from all those who aid and abet them, even in the name
of misplaced patriotism.