Movie review: Though uneven, 'The Courier' ultimately more than standard spy movie fare

Dominic Cooke’s 1960s spy thriller “The Courier” unfolds as expected until it doesn’t. Based on the true story of British businessman Greville Wynne and the daring acts of espionage he undertook during the Cold War, the film is a swift, if perfunctory rendition of midcentury spy movie tropes. The color palette? Desaturated. The villains? One-dimensional. But then, it zigs when it might zag (unless you’re already familiar with Wynne’s life story), and “The Courier” becomes something much more dark, complex and moving. Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Wynne, an almost happy-go-lucky English busines…

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