I do think Official Secrets is kind of necessarily boring (awarding Spotlight is the bed we're all now being forced to lie in), and it's likely that my response to this is due to a whole bunch of extraneous details tied to the world we inhabit and the importance of political films. Movies like this one are a surreal proposal because they find hope in situations which continue to occur despite our awareness.
Better than expected tale of a British whistleblower eventually brought to trial for her part in trying to prevent her country from entering an illegal war (the Iraq invasion). Starts off pretty dry and by the numbers but increasingly gets better as it goes along with a determined turn by lead Knightley and a strong performance by Fiennes. Supported well by a cast of veteran thesps.
Frequently dry and technical, turning a huge number of characters unveiling a disturbing conspiracy into some slight Sunday morning viewing. The sequence where Katherine's lovely husband is [SPOILERS] reminded me that Years And Years terror is effective because it's rooted in political fact. That this film reveals that the War on Terror was an illegal war crime which no one was punished for has haunted me for days.
Surprisingly competent and compelling espionage thriller. Knightley, in particular, gives an understated performance that is mostly free of her normal acting tics. Great supporting cast of Smith, Goode, Ifans, and Fiennes. A cameo by Tamsin Greig is especially well done. Some excellent editing choices to speed along the repetitive parts of the trial.
The heroes are lawyers who use, to vindicate the whistleblower, the same Fog of War legalese that got Britain into the war. Which is to say the broken system that allowed the illegal war isn't just upheld, it's reaffirmed. Also, it's just a BORING movie. Almost everything is uncinematic. Best stuff was early on: Keira watching TV, being disgusted by Tony Blair, the data theft, some of the journo stuff re: Koza, etc.
OFFICAL SECRETS is actually like any other mediocre movie based on the true events. Almost nothing special happened in this movie. But something about this movie was flying around in my head. There is something that makes this movie worth watching: The performance. Yes, the performance saved it all. OFFICIAL SECRETS is still a decent movie - thanks to the powerful performance by Keira Knightley. She was awesome...