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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.
As the Iraq War recedes into our rear-view mirror and our current news cycle spins blindly from one world crisis to another, films like Official Secrets, bland as they may seem, will serve as crucial efforts to keep our past mistakes in our minds.
The characters are malnourished and Hood's attempts to build suspense often fall flat because he leans hard on genre conventions, on dark shadows, ominous music and abrupt sounds straight from a horror flick.
Although Official Secrets may take liberties with the historical record, it's effective as both a drama and a cautionary tale and the lessons it teaches are possibly more relevant in today's world than they were 15 years ago.
Knightley gives one of her strongest performances here, using her innate steeliness and presence to create a convincing portrait of a courageous zealot who believes in right and wrong in an almost biblical sense.
But where Hood's All the President's Men ambitions feel forced -- there's even a shadowy meet-up in a parking garage -- the second-half machinations pertaining to Gun's legal peril and eventual defense are duly fascinating.
A straightforward, solidly old-fashioned slice of real-life espionage, journalistic and legal intrigue that gets the job done in engrossing, clear-eyed fashion even if it lacks much in the way of stylistic verve.