‘All the Old Knives’ Review: Disappointing Love Story of a Spy Thriller


‘All the Old Knives’ Review: Disappointing Love Story of a Spy Thriller

Written by
Shreya Mukherjee

April 10, 2022, 8:33 p.m.
2 minute read

“All the Old Knives” is a sprawling walk through an unsatisfying mystery.

Amazon Prime Video Original Movie All the old knives was published on Friday and we are a little disappointed.

The premise leads you to believe that we will uncover a mystery surrounding the lives of two ex-lovers who are also former CIA colleagues.

But what we get is a static montage of a failed romance with little spark.

Here is our opinion.

A thriller unfolds to find out what happened during a failed rescue mission

At the center of this 101-minute but tedious journey is Flight 127 which was hijacked and all 120 passengers on board died in 2012.

The CIA in Vienna was overseeing the incident and his case was reopened eight years later with a new clue in hand.

Now Agent Henry Pelham (Chris Pine) is sent to interrogate two of his former colleagues to find out who among them was the mole.

Hooks you up at first, but boredom follows with an unsatisfying climax

One of the two interviewees is Pelham’s former flame, Celia Harrison (Thandiwe Newton).

The story takes place in a restaurant where Pelham and Harrison are talking/flirting/interrogating and trying to decipher what really happened with the hijacking and if there was a traitor.

While the first third keeps you in suspense, this curiosity quickly turns into agitation and makes you say “seriously?” at the end.

The plot twists lack much guts or credibility

Janus Metz directed the film based on a screenplay by Olen Steinhauer, who is also the author of the novel on which the film is based.

However, the transition from book to screen fails.

We don’t mind a plot exploring the high-tension encounter between ex-lovers while discussing dangerous missions, but the lack of real guts in the plot twists presented is disappointing.

It’s passable; viewers have several options in this genre

As far as performances go, Pine and Newton are the backbone of this tale and do some spectacular work. But their chemistry doesn’t come alive and the wrong wigs don’t help much.

Plus, the neutral color palette, idyllic location, or pensive music may remind you big little lies. But the similarities end there.

You can remove it from your watchlist.

Review: 1.5/5 stars.

Lance B. Holton