All The Old Knives

All The Old Knives Movie Review

Two CIA operatives, and former lovers, reunite at idyllic Carmel-by-the-Sea to re-examine a mission from eight years earlier in Vienna where a fellow agent might have been compromised.

All The Old Knives has a sexy cast as Chris Pine goes up against Thandiwe Newton.  It has a solid charm as both characters smolder and do the doublespeak dance.  It also has a great view of Carmel at just the right time of the evening for its central location. With so much going for it already, this thriller arrives with knives sharpened!

Carmel is the perfect place to get to the bottom of a case that should have been solved years ago when the hijacking of a plane ended with the deaths of everyone on board.  So much for romance!

Now that the CIA – represented here by director Vick Wallinger (Laurence Fishburne) – knows one of its agents leaked information that cost the lives of all on board the plane, it is up to Henry Pelham (Chris Pine) and his scarf to catch the mole.  Could it be his ex-lover and former operative Celia Harrison (Thandiwe Newton)?  Surely, not!

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But what about her boss (Jonathan Pryce)?

While this thriller is set around a dinner sequence (how cool?!), there is a lot of build-up to the meeting or should we call it a smoldering reunion of sorts?  Lots of looks are exchanged by this duo as they try to figure out just what the other knows.

Their suspicions targeted at each other stretches from 2012 to 2020, the year this particular case gets reopened, and it has a lot to do with trying to figure out what each of these two operatives are up to.  Both arrive with exit strategies and both have back ups ready to go should they not like the answers to the questions about who knew who and when?  There’s also the whole what was leaked and how which follows, too.

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And that’s where the globetrotting in this movie comes into play.  From Vienna to England and onwards toward Carmel, California, lots of locations are traversed and lots of questions are asked, as well.  Like how do these two actors look so good sitting across from each other in this by the sea restaurant?

And, yes, for the adults out there who want to settle in with a nice thriller after a couple of glasses of wine, the pair are forced to blur the lines between profession and passion in this riveting tale of global espionage, moral ambiguity, and deadly betrayal.

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Directed by acclaimed Danish director Janus Metz and written by Olen Steinhauer, All The Old Knives is now sharpened and showing on Amazon Prime and, trust me, when things get intimate, the small screen is the perfect place for this thriller.


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