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Official Secrets (2019)

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Critic Consensus: Official Secrets has a familiar structure and an obvious if worthy message, but rises on the strength of Keira Knightley's powerful performance.

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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.

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Cast

Keira Knightley
as Katharine Gun
Matt Smith (XI)
as Martin Bright
Adam Bakri
as Yasar Gun
Matthew Goode
as Peter Beaumont
John Hefferman
as James Welch
Ralph Fiennes
as Ben Emmerson
Indira Varma
as Shami Chakrabarti
Rhys Ifans
as Ed Vulliamy
Conleth Hill
as Roger Alton
Tamsin Greig
as Elizabeth Wilmshurst
Kenneth Cranham
as Judge Hyam
Katherine Kelly
as Jacqueline/MI6 Agent
Jeremy Northam
as Ken Macdonald
Hattie Morahan
as Yvonne Ridley
Jack Farthing
as Andy Dumfries
Monica Dolan
as Fiona Bygate
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All Critics (147) | Top Critics (34)

The script, based on a book by Marcia and Thomas Mitchell, keeps layering in complexity, refusing to go dumb. And Knightley's performance gets steelier as she struggles to overcome her fears

November 21, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

[Knightley's] smart not to play Gun as the noble martyr, but merely as an ordinary, frustrated citizen who makes a split-second decision.

October 30, 2019 | Rating: 3/5

[H]obbled by fidelity, spatchcocked by earnestness, this film never takes off.

October 18, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

While it'll do nothing to restore trust in the august bodies that rule the land, it's a pacy, palm-clammying watch.

October 18, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

There's something interestingly tough and forthright about this slow-burner from director and co-writer Gavin Hood.

October 18, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Hood knows how to crank the tension and a certain fury ticks under the story.

October 16, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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