Official Secrets (2019)
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That was brilliantly acted and directed, props to all cast and crew, they all did a marvellous job. Really worth a watch.
Classic Hood. Superb acting and direction 7
(I've signed the Official Secrets Act)
I like a good journalism thriller and Official Secrets has moments where it delivers that, but its focus is really on a real-life whistleblower played by the blank wall of my movie-watching existence, Keira Knightley. Oh she's fine, but given the amazing cast assembled for this thing, I wanted to spend more time with Matt Smith, Matthew Goode, Rhys Ifans (on the journalism side) or even Ralph Fiennes (on the legal side). In the end, trying to tell the story of a leak pertaining to the Iraq War from all those angles, while worthy and topical, lacks definition. Why does it end on that shot, for example, if the emotional core of the story is Knightley? I am not, however, disputing that putting a face on what might motivate a whistleblower, even if it tonally disrupts the procedural elements of the film, is a good idea. There's an ethical dimension to it that is well served by emotional context. And the recognizable cast makes it easy to immediately know who is who and not get lost in the tangled web of the plot. And yet, it's still a case of "this happens, then this happens", simple presentation of facts where I want a bit of art.
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