THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

CAN HE DO IT?

​​THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

JACK STRONG (2014)


As I popped in my screener of Jack Strong, a 2014 Polish film of some acclaim, I wasn't sure what to expect. What I got was an excellent Cold War/John LeCarre-type spy tale based on the true story of Polish colonel Ryszard Kuklinski (Marcin Dorocinski) who was horrified by some of the Soviet secret plans to attack NATO and started passing along information to the Americans during the Carter and Reagan administrations. Some say he may have actually averted World War III. Patrick Wilson plays his American handler - and who knew Patrick could speak Polish so well? (he's married to Dagmara Dominczyk, who also is in this) Anyway this starts a tad slow but BOY does it get going. This is edge of your seat stuff as the colonel realizes that they are starting to suspect him and he's got to get out of Poland with his family before it's too late. There's a nifty car chase thru the streets of snowy Warsaw, some extremely tense moments trying to cross Checkpoint Charlie and especially a total surprise involving a framing sequence that had us fooled. This is On Demand and in theaters and if you like Cold War thrillers at all, this is for you. Much of the film is in Polish with English subtitles but so what? #71 of this year

TLA one-word review: intriguing