Picks and Pans Review: The Tailor of Panama
As elegantly stitched together as the Savile Row-style suits made by its title character, The Tailor of Panama is a sophisticated international thriller brimming with smarts, complex characters and cynical wit. This should come as no surprise, since Tailor is based on a novel by spy master John le Carré (who cowrote the script) and is directed and cowritten by the venerable John Boorman (Hope and Glory).
In a casting coup, Brosnan plays Andy Osnard, an amoral British intelligence agent who could be James Bond's evil twin. Posted to Panama, he sets about pumping fellow Englishman Harry Pendel (Rush), Panama City's leading tailor, for the skinny on local politicos. When Osnard threatens to reveal the tailor's criminal past to his beloved wife (Curtis), Pendel finds himself telling Osnard ever bigger whoppers with, eventually, tragic consequences. Brosnan is smoothly perfect, Rush is masterful playing a good man in way over his head, and Curtis does solid work as his puzzled spouse. (R)
Bottom Line: Quality workmanship