All the Old Knives is Amazon Prime Video’s latest release, directed by Janus Metz Pedersen with a screenplay from Olen Steinhauer. The movie is based on the novel of the same name by Olen Steinhauer and, is produced by Chockstone Pictures along with Jackson Pictures. The cast features Chris Pine as Henry Pelham, Thandiwe Newton as Celia Harrison, Laurence Fishburne as Vick Wallinger along with Jonathan Pryce, Gala Gordon, Corey Johnson, Colin Stinton, Ahd Kamel and David Bedella. It has a runtime of 101 minutes.
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All the Old Knives: Espionage & Affair Tumbles in Conspiracy
At the heart of All the Old Knives lies the story of two CIA operatives- Henry and Celia, who used to be lovers, meeting at picturesque Carmel-by-the-Sea. The reunion of the two takes place to re-examine a six-year-old mission that took place in Vienna about the hijacking of Royal Jordanian Flight 127, which resulted in a massive death rate. The unsuccessful outcome of the mission leaves loopholes to be addressed, one of which includes the involvement of a CIA agent is responsible for the mission’s failure.
However, as the conversation progresses, flashbacks reveal truths that remain unknown to most and, the surroundings get dangerous as one cuisine rolls after the other. As the dinner wraps the two in conversations and reminiscence, it soon becomes clear that the meal is delivered for a cause much greater than the one we can perceive.
All the Old Knives uses its cast and crew to perfection to deliver us an engaging thriller. The story, editing and other factors of the film are impressive and leave a lasting effect on the audience. Chris Pine’s Henry is truly one of the most interestingly fleshed out and well-established roles the actor has played to date. Pine brings life to the whodunnit nature of the script and, delivers a performance that is truly memorable. Thandiwe Newton as Celia only adds to the excellence by being both a ray of light and clarity and, also a character you cannot morally rely on. Laurence Fishburne, and Jonathan Pryce are veterans who make their presence felt.
The film also has Charlotte Bruus Christensen (who has worked on projects like the 2012 film- The Hunt and the 2018 film- A Quiet Place) serving as its cinematographer and, it shows in every shot starting from the long shots to the duo bathed playfully in the fading sunlight at dinner. The music by Jon Ekstrand and Rebekka Karijord are instrumental in bringing out the story’s full potential.
All the Old Knives: Final Verdict
Overall, All the Old Knives has the capability to keep you wondering about the characters even after the credits roll by. The narrative never loses momentum and, it is quite appealing to see how things unfold. The chemistry between Chris Pine and Thandiwe Newton is hot and heavy, especially with the flashbacks that show the duo deep in love. With a compelling storyline and, good acting, All the Old Knives makes up for the perfect espionage thriller as well as the romantic drama that we all crave from time to time.
All the Old Knives will be available for streaming on Amazon Prime Video from April 8, 2022.Instagram & Facebook to keep yourself updated with the latest news and reviews.