The tale of the spy who got in too deep and let their emotions best them is one as old as the spy thriller genre. While there have been fun twists on that trope, unfortunately The Operative doesn’t bring anything new or fresh to the table – other than some baffling narrative decisionsThe strangest of these might be the one to distance us from Diane Kruger’s Mossad operative, ‘Rachel’, from the start, then expecting us to
The film is at its strongest during a tense set piece, or when it’s contrasting the violence of Rachel’s employers against her enjoyment of her cover identity, but these moments are few and far between. When the time does come for Rachel’s emotions to conflict with her duty, the moment feels cliched. It’s not helped that the film’s palette is as dreary as its dialogue, a never-ending onslaught of washed-out greys and browns, with little action or emotiveness to counter it.
As another entry in the “dubious ethics in Mossad espionage” canon, The Operative fails to present either interesting intrigue or emotion, leaving only bland formalities and one or two solid set pieces.
CAST: Diane Kruger, Martin Freeman, Cas Anvar, Werner Daehn, Liron Levo, Hadi Khanjanpour, Maria Gnecchi, Erez Ben-Ezra, Julia Schneider, Daniel Wandelt
DIRECTOR: Yuval Adler
WRITER: Yuval Adler
SYNOPSIS: An espionage thriller about a Mossad agent operating undercover in Tehran.