THE PLOT THUS FAR
This spy thriller is the second part of the Worricker trilogy. Johnny Worricker (Bill Nighy) is hiding out from his work at MI5 on the tax-exile island paradise Turks & Caicos. Trouble comes knocking when an encounter with a CIA agent (Christopher Walken) forces him into the company of some dubious American businessmen. Claiming to be on the islands for a conference on the global financial crisis, Worricker soon learns their shady activities extend far beyond the business of luxury hotels.
When one of them turns up dead, it’s their financial PR (Winona Ryder) who seems to know more than she’s letting on. But will she help Worricker come to an understanding of what these men do and why they re here? Worricker tries to persuade a former girlfriend (Helena Bonham Carter) to betray her boss in London in order to gain more information. As evidence linking the men to Prime Minister Alec Beasley (Ralph Fiennes) comes to light, Worricker must act quickly if he is to survive.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
“Turks & Caicos” makes more sense, as I’ve been watching this trilogy in reverse nature. Christopher Walken does good with his role, but he’s just there to push the action forward. Johnny Worricker is still our focus, as he wants to piece together the Prime Minister’s sticky happenings outside of England. Basically, he’s helping the CIA to move questionable business through British Isles that allow governments and businesses to hide money. Worricker didn’t leave MI-5 to start putting up with this crap.
The Johnny Worricker Trilogy enters its middle chapter, as we get way more recognizable guest stars and the stakes for Worricker start to increase. I know it’s off topic, but I have to bring up how much more gorgeous Winona Ryder becomes as she ages. Ryder does well with the material she’s given, but then we’re back to Helena Bonham Carter. She’s not bad, she just feels like heavy baggage added for conflict. Thankfully, that character development irons out.
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