Harry Palmer (Michael Caine), disgraced army sergeant and reluctant spy, heads off on his most renowned adventure in The Ipcress File, wherein a bunch of scientists are kidnapped, then summarily returned – brainwashed. Harry fights the baddies and his own internal bureaucracy as he gets to the bottom of the matter, ignoring authority and cooking up a fine meal or two along the way – and then he gets himself brainwashed, too! Goofy fun, but hardly a classic. James Bond, you ain’t got nothin’!
Review by Christopher Null © 2002 filmcritic.com