Sunday, April 2, 2017

Restless Part One and Two 2012

     The year is 1976, Ruth Gilmartin travels to rural Cambridgeshire to visit with her mother Sally.  She is amazed to learn her mother is a former spy for the British in 1939 and she is a Russian refugee.  Her real name is not Sally Gilmartin but Eva Delectorskaya.  Eva went to America to find out if the Americans intended to join the war.  She is later assigned to supply a map to American agents outlining a German plan to invade America.  Eva spots errors in the map and then her colleagues start to die one by one.  Eva believes she was betrayed.  Now in the 70’s, she believes her life is still in danger.
     I realized right away that I’ve seen this film before.  Ruth doesn’t know if she can believe what her mother is telling her or is this a case of her mother growing older and imagining things?  Ruth looks out into the woods behind her mother’s house with a telescope and she believes she may have seen the shadow of a man.  Can this be Ruth’s mind playing tricks on her too?  The scenes of young Eva in training as a spy cause you to wonder if you would be able to learn what she is being taught?  Would you be able to carry out a mission filled with tension and uncertainty?  3 ½* (I liked this movie)

180 min, two discs, Drama directed by Edward Hall with Hayley Atwell, Rufus Sewell, Michelle Dockery, Michael Gambon, Charlotte Rampling, Thekla Reuten, Adrian Scarborough, Bertie Carvel, Bernhard Schir, Alexander Fehling, Kevin Guthrie, Tom Brooke, Anthony Calf.

Note:  Imdb 7.2 out of 10, 83% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Amazon 4.3* out of 5* with 93 reviews.
Special Note:  Filmed in South Africa, Oxfordshire, Cambridgeshire, and London, England, UK.  There is a mistake with Eva’s eyes!!  The young Eva has brown eyes and the older Eva has blue eyes.  There are two other films with the title Restless.  One from 2000 and another from 2011.

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