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Official Secrets – (dir. Gavin Hood)
West Mall 7 – Doors Open 6:00pm – Film Begins 6:30pm
TRT: 112 min
Rating: R (language)
Genre: Drama, Thriller, Romance, War, Biography
This film included in Fast Pass admission.
Starring: Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Ralph Fiennes
Film Summary: She risked everything to stop an unjust war. Her government called her a traitor. Based on world-shaking true events, OFFICIAL SECRETS tells the gripping story of Katharine Gun (Keira Knightley), a British intelligence specialist whose job involves routine handling of classified information. One day in 2003, in the lead up to the Iraq War, Gun receives a memo from the NSA with a shocking directive: the United States is enlisting Britain’s help in collecting compromising information on United Nations Security Council members in order to blackmail them into voting in favor of an invasion of Iraq. Unable to stand by and watch the world be rushed into an illegal war, Gun makes the gut-wrenching decision to defy her government and leak the memo to the press. So begins an explosive chain of events that will ignite an international firestorm, expose a vast political conspiracy, and put Gun and her family directly in harm’s way.
What the critics are saying:
Although Knightley’s Gun often seems to be a passive figure, buffeted by the machinations of those around her, the film’s honesty about the enormous personal costs of whistleblowing is a welcome relief from more romanticized heroics.
Ann Hornaday – Washington Post
Scratches the surface of a deep and dark universe of things we’re not supposed to know but should.
– Ty Burr, Boston Globe
Official Secrets is an incredibly smart film that celebrates the whistleblowers of the world. It also shows the occasional futility in these efforts as well.
– Lorry Kikta – Film Threat[A] very solid, totally respectable, well-cast, well-acted, slow burn political thriller potboiler.
– NPR – Los Angeles
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