I used to hate Rosamund Pike. I’m not really sure why, because every time I see her in something now I just love her more, and more. She and Tom Cruise work so well in tandem in this movie, and really carry it along, ably supported by the likes of Werner Herzog, Robert Duvall, and Richard Jenkins.
The movie itself isn’t especially substantial, but I think it’s made really well, crisply directed, solidly written, starting with an incredible hook of a scene, and as it goes along finding time to inject enough good doses of humour, and mysterious danger to keep the whole thing rolling along really well. The action scenes peppered throughout are pretty good, but it’s really the character ones, the plotting of the thing, that keep this thing gripping, which is nice to see.