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As spy games go, “The Operative” is pretty light on suspense. That approach seems to be the intent of writer/director Yuval Adler, who’s not interested in mounting chases and near-misses, instead aiming to extract a psychological profile in the midst of international alarm. The screenplay adapts a 2016 novel by Yiftach Reicher Atir and tries to retain a literary mood, using deliberate pacing and layered characterization to find something different in the midst of recognizable subgenre construction. Fans of John le Carre should receive a mild charge out of “The Operative,” which strives to be an intelligent understanding of espionage and the dangers emotional ties bring to the ways of government-sponsored spying. Read the rest at Blu-ray.com

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