Anyone who has enjoyed the BBC spy series Spooks, will enjoy this big screen version. It is a decent enough film, with some tense set pieces, but it doesn’t really escape its small screen origins. Essentially Spooks: The Greater Good is an extended, slightly above average episode that just happens to be on a big screen.
That said, fans will find much to enjoy, with spymaster Harry Pearce (Peter Firth) going off the grid to catch an escaped terrorist. Kit Harington, Tuppence Middleton and Jennifer Ehle pop up in decent supporting roles, as do series regulars Tim McInnerny and David Harewood. All things considered, director Bharat Nalluri makes a decent fist of the afore-mentioned set pieces, particularly one set at Heathrow Airport Terminal 5.
The usual warnings apply for the more sensitive, as there are some violent scenes. For the rest, Spooks: The Greater Good is solid, occasionally exciting but ultimately unremarkable.
Simon Dillon, May 2015.