Fifth about The Seventh

All the Old Knives

All the Old Knives: Janus Metz’s film looks into two old CIA operatives meeting to discuss a years-old terrorist attack; as any spy tale worth its salt, much is not what it looks like at a first glance. The non-linear structure (well put together by editors Mark Eckersley and Per Sandholt), visiting the facts being investigated from multiple points of view, jumping back and forth from their conversation to many other moments, muddles things even further. The film, in any case, is more interested in the web of human relations than it is in the nitty-gritty of the attack, and the film gets more interesting because of it. Chris Pine and Thandiwe Newton, naturally, play it as close to their chests as possible, as is the wont of people with something to hide; they are both coldly effective. Jonathan Pryce, as the almost pathetic old hand, is in fine shape. Cinematographer Charlotte Bruus Christensen gives a different (and appropriate) color palette to each of the film’s sets (and time periods), which makes it easier to identify each; her choice of lens in crucial moments is also on point.

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