“Nowadays, people will go anywhere to avoid paying tax. A quick visit to Lichtenstein, Monaco, maybe Jersey; empty the vaults of private wealth, and you could write off the world’s debt.”Curtis Pelissier
Following the events of Page Eight, former intelligence analyst Johnny Worricker has his quiet life of self-imposed exile in the Caribbean disturbed when he is recognised by a visitor to the islands. The tropical location may at first give the impression of a bigger budget globetrotting adventure, but the stage remains small, confined almost entirely to the Turks & Caicos Islands. In his desire to keep his head down and protect himself through friendships with the locals, Nighy’s charming Worricker has more in common with Rick in Casablanca than with Bond. The plot is a poorly paced follow-the-money affair in which Worricker finds himself aiding the CIA out of self-interest, none of which is as compelling as the whistleblowing story of Page Eight. Hare throws in pithy analysis of global fianance and politics, but it feels scattershot. Bill Nighy carries the film but it again attracts a strong supporting cast, even if the choice of Christopher Walken will leave some bemused.
Worricker trilogy: Page Eight | Turks & Caicos | Salting the Battlefield
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