‘All the Old Knives’ (2022) | Movie Review

Directed By:

Janus Metz

Written By:

Olen Steinhauer


Chris Pine, Thandiwe Newton, Laurence Fishburne



Rated: R for sexuality/nudity, violence and language.

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Henry Pelham (Chris Pine) is a CIA operative that reconnects with an ex co-worker/lover Celia Harrison (Thandiwe Newton). His reason? To investigate a possible insider from their time working which caused the lives of over 100 people. Not only is he nervous to investigate his old colleagues, but to reconnect with a lost love might be too much for him to be able to learn the truth, in this slow-burn political thriller that works as a short film, but crumbles under the runtime.

There’s really nothing but praise for the acting. Chris Pine and Thandiwe Newton are excellent and have great chemistry. Their dynamic is mysterious yet intoxicating and they are believable. the story is relatively easy to follow, and the drama is set up well and delivers on the promises it makes. Where i had the more difficulty connected was due to the slower pace of the story, where I feel it could have been narrowed down and more concise than what we got here. That being said, It’s still a light recommendation from me if you are a fan of political thriller drama and love these actors.

Rating: 6.5 out of 10.
Patrick Beatty
Patrick Beatty

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