‘All the Old Knives,’ Chris Pine seems to stand out as the main star in the action-thriller genre. When the ‘Contractor’ talks about the evil world of mercenary work, ‘All the Old Knives gives a curious look to the CIA. Surrounded by equally hard-working talents such as Thandiwe Newton, Laurence Fishburne, and Jonathan Pryce, Pine presented the hard work as a spy investigating her boyfriend on the hijacking of Flight 127 and the subsequent death of everyone on board. Now, know about All the Old Knives.
All the Old Knives Movie Synopsis
Eight years after Flight 127 of the Turkish Alliance was hijacked by the terrorist group Al-Da’irat, which killed everyone on board, Henry Pelham (Pine) was told by his boss Vick (Fishburne) at Vienna station that Langley had reopened a case against Flight 127.
A hijacking man, a Chechen man named Ilyas Shishani, was arrested. Before his death, he apparently told the CIA that he had obtained important information from the Vienna police station, which meant that there was a mole at the time.
A call has been made to the Tehran number from CIA office Bill Compton (Jonathan Pryce), so he is a clear suspect. But Bill was not the only one who used that extension at the time. Celia Harrison (Newton), Henry’s girlfriend and colleague, worked under Bill, so she could call him.
Henry visits Bill in London and Celia in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, to investigate. The narrative shifts back and forth between Henry and Bill’s conversation with Celia and the hijacking incident as happened eight years earlier. Celia is now married and has two children.
She and Henry met at a seafood restaurant. No other visitor is there except for an elderly couple. Before entering the restaurant, Henry meets a murderer named Treble. It is clear that Treble is there to get Celia out. He assures Henry that he will erase him before committing this act. “All the Old Knives.”
All the Old Knives Movie Ending, Explained
Initially, the All the Old Knives movie had the impression that everyone who worked on Flight 127 at the Vienna station could be a mole. Sometime after the Vienna station was notified of a hijacking, they discovered that a CIA agent was traveling on Flight 127. The alleged agent, named Ahmed, was sending messages inside the plane, urging the CIA to attack the rear carrier.
The plane is at the airport in Vienna, and the only thing the CIA can do is propose applications to the Austrian authorities. The Al-Da’irat group wants several of its officials released from German and Austrian detention, but leaders from different countries know that if they do, it will be political suicide. Therefore, they waited for the time, risking the lives of all those innocent people.
Staff at the Vienna station know that Al-Da’irat will not accept anything less than what they want. Henry says they should attack the plane just as Ahmed had suggested. However, Ahmed’s messages are changing rapidly. He tells the CIA not to attack as the undercarriage is in danger. “All the Old Knives.”
It is well thought out that Ahmed has been found, and someone else – possibly a terrorist – is now sending messages. Ahmed was eventually killed in front of the media before the terrorists killed themselves and everyone on the plane with Sarin gas.
Eight years later, during a conversation with Bill and Celia, Henry tells them about a call to Tehran. It turned out that Celia knew about the call but did not report it. The audience began to believe that she had made a bad impression on Bill. However, it is later revealed that she received the same Tehran number on Henry’s phone.
Many years earlier, when Henry was sent to Moscow, Ilyas was one of his sources. At the time, Ilyas was a kind and loving family man with a wife and daughter. The Moscow police station handed him over to Russian authorities in spite of Henry’s protests. This, along with the death of her daughter in Iran, served as a catalyst for her conversion to terrorism.
Celia left Henry and the CIA after Flight 127. incident. She wanted to leave everything behind. But when Henry came to investigate, she saw it as a threat to him and her family and reached out to the CIA. Before his death, Ilyas apparently told them that Henry was a mole.
Celia’s revelation confirmed the information to them. With the help of Celia, they found Henry in a restaurant, placing their staff as members and guests. When he arrives, Henry asks for a vodka martini but is told by the seller that they only have wine. They poisoned his glass of wine, which Henry had been drinking all night. “All the Old Knives.”
As Henry nears his death, Celia asks his reasons. In response, Henry tells her that he did it for her. On the day of the hijacking, he was led to Ilyas by one of his sources. Meanwhile, while pursuing a lead, Celia unwittingly confronted one of Ilyas’ subordinates. The terrorist leader informed Henry of Celia’s whereabouts and sought information to secure her safety. And Henry had no choice but to listen.
Near the end of his life, Henry tells Celia to leave. She finally realizes that Treble is following him. Treble asks for permission from Henry, but before the last one responds, he dies. The fact that Celia arrives safely at her home indicates that Treble does not continue his work.
We later find out that Vick knew Henry was a mole and worked with other senior officials to get rid of his former employee. Whatever the case, Henry’s actions led to the death of hundreds of people, and he had to face punishment at some point. Meanwhile, Celia returns to her family, leaving her life as a spy behind. “All the Old Knives.”