Just as Internet fandom doesn’t necessarily reap box office earnings, Internet leaks don’t always translate into real world political change. For all its disclosures, a politically apathetic public greeted WikiLeaks. Real change takes more than freedom of information, it requires people’s willingness and ability to act upon it online and off as well.
Swedish director Tomas Alfredson’s take on John le Carré’s popular British spy novel “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” is an expertly crafted return to old-school filmmaking set against the backdrop of the Cold War. Much like the story’s taciturn protagonist George Smiley (Gary Oldman), the taut espionage thriller shows much but says little, keeping viewers on their toes as the British secret service elite scrambles to uncover the mole in its midst.