The Courier, A Historical Drama Starring Benedict Cumberbatch

The Courier
The Courier

“The Courier” is a new historical drama starring the English actor, Benedict Cumberbatch. It is based on a true story. The actor plays the role of a businessman but business is not the only thing that he does. He is also someone who carries the crucial secrets between the former Soviet Union and Great Britain. The movie is set during the time of the Cold War. 

The Courier, A Background

In “The Courier”, Benedict Cumberbatch plays the role of Greville Wynne. He was an engineer by profession with a family. Wynne got recruited by the former intelligence service of the British government, MI6. It took place in the year 1960. The motive behind this was to make connections with Oleg Penkovsky. Penkovsky is a member of the military intelligence of Russia. His role is played by Mirab Ninidze, the Georgian actor. The Russian agent offers to share a secret with regard to the nuclear capabilities of Russia. The reason for this is because he comes to know about the growing tensions between the West and the U.S.S.R.

Greville Wyne, in The Courier, is not totally aware of the services he is providing. He has no information on the information that he is shown to be carrying. However, the mission that he is supposed to carry out is an extremely dangerous one. 

Until the second half of the movie, The Courier has a quality that is larkish and jaunty. When the protagonist gets called by the agents of the MI6 and CIA, he seems to be amused. The characters of the agents are played by Angus Wright, the British actor, and Rachel Brosnahan, the American actress, simultaneously. The writer of the movie is Tom O’Connor. The director is Dominic Cooke. Though it is divided into two halves, the switch that occurs is an abrupt one that confuses the viewers. 

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