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

Chuck says:

If you like your thrillers with plenty of twists and turns, Amazon’s All the Old Knives is your cup of tea. Chris Pine and Thawndie Newton play former spies and lovers who are forced to dig up their past when a terrorist that perpetrated a horrific terrorist attack over a decade ago is captured and claims one of their brethren was his inside man in pulling it off. Pine’s Henry Pelham has been sent out to interrogate his old comrades in an effort to identify the traitor.

Utilizing many flashbacks, the narrative repeatedly changes whenever we get a fresh account of the past, causing the viewer to reevaluate each time who the mole might be. Jonathan Pryce and Laurence Fishburne are on hand to provide solid relief while the ending, which I doubt you’ll see coming, is a poignant, multi-layered twist that sticks with you long after the answer has been found.

3 1/2 Stars

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