“OUR KIND OF TRAITOR” My rating: B-
107 minutes | MPAA rating: R
With “Our Kind of Traitor” Hollywood may have gone to the John le Carré well one too many times.
It’s not that the feature from director Susanna White (“Nanny McPhee Returns” and a whole load of TV) is bad.
It just feels overly familiar. PBS, cable channels, Amazon and Netflix seem awash in Brit espionage fare, particularly titles with the le Carré pedigree. “Our Kind of Hero” tends to get lost in the mix.
Brit couple Perry (Ewan McGregor), a university lecturer, and his girlfriend Gail (Naomie Harris), an attorney, are vacationing in Marrakesh. Alas, the exotic setting is doing little to alleviate their relationship issues. Having sex seems like more of a chore than a pleasure.
Soloing at a local restaurant, Perry is befriended by Dima (Stellan Skarsgard), a garrulous Russian accompanied by a bunch of fellow Russkies whose sharp clothes do little to disguise their thuggish demeanors.
Dima drafts the reluctant Perry for a night of clubbing. The next day he schedules a tennis game with his new bud. And Dima introduces Perry and Gail to his family (wife, three or four kids).
Anyone who’s ever seen a spy thriller knows that the unsuspecting Englishman is going to get in way over his head.