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When terrorist leader Adam Qasim (Elyes Gable) escapes MI5 custody, Will Holloway (Harington) must work with disgraced Counter Terrorism Chief Harry Pearce (Peter Firth) to stop a terror attack on London.

Based on the hit British TV show, 'Spooks: The Greater Good' centers on Will Holloway, a new character created for the film. Years ago he was let go from MI5 but now the Majesty's Secret Service has assigned him to track down Harry Pearce, who after letting a Terrorist Leader escape has gone missing. MI5 believes Pearce to be in cahoots with Qasim.

Kit Harington best known for his role as Jon Snow on the hit series 'Game of Thrones' leads this film and has yet to show off any range in his acting. His performance here isn't unlike any he's given before whether that be in 'Game of Thrones' or 2014's 'Pompeii'. Harington lacks charm and charisma, I don't believe he smiles once in the film and its tough to get behind a protagonist who shows so little personality. The rest of the performances are fine and that's about the best we get.

Spy films always have very serious stakes, but the best ones balance it out with a charismatic lead, whether that be James Bond (007) or Ethan Hunt (Mission Impossible), 'Spooks' like the TV show before it is inherently serious and that's part of its downfall. I wasn't rooting for any of the characters because absolutely none of them are likable. Harington's character along with most of the cast is very one note, and we never see more than one side to any of them.

The film has a decent production, its shot well and enough happens to maintain interest but this rather generic story may have worked wonders as a finale to the TV show, but doesn't feel large enough for the big screen.

There are few action scenes, some of which are entertaining, but none of them go on for long enough, I was longing for some good old fashioned chase scenes and shoot outs, but each action scene seems to be over in less than a couple of minutes.

Fans of the show may be satisfied with this unexciting film adaptation but newcomers may leave feeling shortchanged and begging the question; "Why was this film made?", the story didn't need to be told from what I understand, the series ended in late 2011.

'Spooks: The Greater Good' won't bore you to death, but it will leave you longing for 'Mission Impossible: Rogue Ration' and 'Spectre' later this year.


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