When the CIA's Most Wanted terrorist escapes MI5 custody during a high profile handover, Head of Counter-terrorism Harry Pearce (Peter Firth) is blamed and disappears in disgrace. His former protege and ex-agent Will Holloway (Kit Harington) returns to discover the truth and uncovers a shocking revelation; Harry is still alive, has gone rogue, and desperately needs Will's help to catch the traitor at the heart of MI5. Will must decide whether to turn Harry in - or risk everything by trusting the damaged, dangerous piaster spy who betrayed him once before...
- Spooks: The Greater Good review by RS
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For anyone who loved the TV series the spin-off film will come as a real disappointment. Kit Harrington lacks charisma as the leading agent and Peter Firth (reprising his role as spy boss Harry) pouts his petulant way through proceedings as though auditioning for his next role of Pontius Pilate in Risen. The plot makes the same mistake with Harry as Skyfall did with M. These are backroom overlords not field agents. Getting them out from behind their desks merely exposes their limitations when involved in an action plot. Harry’s completely out-of-character behaviour makes the whole narrative unbelievable, and there are insufficient thrills to lure a Spooks-ignorant new audience. The TV series lost its way in its final episodes, with the emphasis more on Harry than the agents, and the film does nothing to redress the balance.