The Ipcress File Reviews
It's an old film but it helds up very good. A great score, good acting, cool filming and editing. After I saw it I learned that it's a part of a series of films, but I guess it can stand out just fine as a single film too.
The problem with the film is that it's never really thrilling or exciting. It's nothing special when it comes to create tensity and it's a very slow spy film. There are too many scenes that kills the vibe I want from an spy flick to be honest. Just to make it clear - I don't like films with constant action and stupidity, but I want a more interesting story (yes, I know this was fresh stuff 60 years ago) and more excitement. It reminds me quite a lot of "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" actually. I film I never dug.
5.5 out of 10 dinner whiskeys.
The first, and supposedly the best of the Palmer outings. It loses its way in the last 30 minutes, but i enjoyed the build-up. Palmer is cool, sophisticated and detached in the grimey 60s London.
Decent, reasonably complex, plot. Not 100% watertight, but the holes aren't big.
Solid direction by Sidney J Furie. Movie moves along at a decent pace and he builds the tension well. Does miss a few beats though. Some scenes are quite flat and almost pointless.
Good final few scenes which make it all worthwhile and bring everything together.
Good performance by Michael Caine in the lead role. Not your average spy - he is almost the anti-James Bond. Resourceful, but slovenly and, well, human. Seemed much more like a real agent would be than James Bond.
Good support from Nigel Green and Guy Doleman.