Nothing is more dangerous than the truth
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- Rated: R
- Run Time: 1 hours, 52 minutes
- Released: November 26, 2019
- Originally Released: 2020
- Label: Paramount
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Keira Knightley, Matt Smith, Matthew Goode & Ralph Fiennes|
|Performer:||Indira Varma, MyAnna Buring, Conleth Hill, Rhys Ifans, Katherine Kelly, Jeremy Northam, Tamsin Greig, Shaun Dooley, Hattie Morahan & Kenneth Cranham|
|Directed by||Gavin Hood|
|Screenplay by||Gregory Bernstein, Sara Bernstein & Gavin Hood|
|Composition by||Mark Kilian & Paul Hepker|
|Director of Photography:||Florian Hoffmeister|
[A] straightforward, solidly old-fashioned slice of real-life espionage, journalistic and legal intrigue that gets the job done in engrossing, clear-eyed fashion...
3 stars out of 5 -- [T]here’s no doubting the continuing relevance of the topic on the table.
[Fiennes] delivers a fine moment of utter disgust at the government’s naked corruption in the film’s very last scene. Ending on that note feels right.
Rating: A- -- Not easily forgotten, Official Secrets is another reminder about the dangers of unchecked government power. Full Review
ABC Radio Brisbane
The crux of Gun’s struggle is that she risked everything to tell the truth, and the war happened anyway....OFFICIAL SECRETS is a footnote in a messy, futile, and foolish war, whose mistakes are still being revealed over a decade and a half later.
Rating: 3/5 -- [H]obbled by fidelity, spatchcocked by earnestness, this film never takes off. Full Review
London Evening Standard
Rating: 3/5 -- [Knightley's] smart not to play Gun as the noble martyr, but merely as an ordinary, frustrated citizen who makes a split-second decision.
British secret-service officer Katharine Gun (Keira Knightley) risks her life to stop the 2003 invasion of Iraq by becoming a whistleblower. She decides to leak a top-secret memo outlining a plan between the U.S. and U.K. to blackmail smaller swing vote members of the United Nations Security Council into voting for war. Gun finds herself in over her head when the British government comes after her and her Muslim husband (Adam Bakri). Directed by Gavin Hood. Based on the book "The Spy Who Tried to Stop a War" by Marcia Mitchell and Thomas Mitchell.
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