THE PLOT THUS FAR
The Johnny Worricker Spy trilogy concludes with Salting the Battlefield, in which our hero with his ex girlfriend, Margot are criss-crossing Europe trying to stay one step ahead of the security services and a vengeful Prime Minister. Worricker is being watched – His family and friends are being watched – He is running out of cash and he needs to make a move to reach an endgame.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
“Salting the Battlefield” concludes the Worricker Trilogy by having Bill Nighy take the fight back to the Prime Minister. The problem when you do political drama like this is that an edge is required to make it relevant. Otherwise, it’s just a thriller in political dressing. There are no slams on the British political system and everyone can say that Fiennes is playing a thin Tony Blair riff. But, I guess just being a decent looking UK citizens in the modern era puts you in that running. If that wasn’t the worst, Helena Bonham Carter shows up.
Johnny Worricker is a lesser David Hare creation, but Bill Nighy tries to give him such personality. Ultimately, your interest is going to boil down to two things. How much you appreciate David Hare and how much you care about political drama. If you’re expecting “24” or “House of Cards”, then you’re barking up the wrong tree. If you’re expecting a calmer take on those Alistar MacLean/MacNeill USA TV movies from the early 90s, this will be more your speed. That sounds bad, but there’s an audience for everything.
The Blu-Ray comes with a featurette loaded with interviews as the sole special feature. The A/V Quality is quite impressive. Still, the Dolby 2.0 surround track leaves something to be desired. The 1080p transfer does hold up, so there’s that. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase.
RELEASE DATE: 11/18/2014