Official Secrets (2019)
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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as Peter Beaumont
as Katharine Gun
as Ben Emmerson
as Martin Bright
as Shami Chakrabarti
as Ed Vulliamy
as Roger Alton
as Elizabeth Wilmshurst
as Yvonne Ridley
as Andy Dumfries
as Fiona Bygate
as James Welch
as Judge Hyam
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Knightley shines... in a performance that balances conviction and soul baring, and is all the more genuine for its lack of showiness.
Official Secrets celebrates the courage of a government employee who attempted to prevent the invasion at considerable risk to herself and to those she loved.
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
[Knightley's] smart not to play Gun as the noble martyr, but merely as an ordinary, frustrated citizen who makes a split-second decision.
It's a hard milieu to capture, and this takes the same broad strokes that these movies do...but it's absolutely saved by the performance at the center, which gives it nuance and depth and something more.
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