Page Eight (2011)
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Critic Reviews for Page Eight
Bill Nighy is the hushed engine of the film, just as Rachel Weisz is asked to be the emblem of a vein of decency and commitment that is worth defending.
I felt stuck on the outside, while the characters went through their paces secretly understanding everything that was at stake.
It's the right cast in the right setting but with a wrongfully righteous script.
I'd happily watch this cast read the phone book, but fortunately the script by David Hare (who also directed) is intelligent, engaging and generally makes good use of this singular cast's talents.
Even though there may be a fleeting moment when you feel an urge to slap Mr. Nighy and yell: "Perk up," in truth he can do no wrong here.
Audience Reviews for Page Eight
TV spy drama with a great set of A-list actors but with wooden acting from the protagonist and poor dialogue all around, yet the story becomes quite enticing an hour in and I quite enjoyed it.
Rather dull. Slow...good cast, though.
A MI5 agent uncovers a conspiracy that goes to Downing Street and may have caused the death of his best friend/boss. If you've seen the British version of State of Play, then you've already seen the feel and basic content of this film. This difference is that the conflict in the film has lower stakes, and the conspiracy does not seem as far-reaching and damning. Bill Nighy delivers another strong, understated performance, like the ones in State of Play and Gideon's Daughter. His work for British outlets seems so much more complex than what he does in American films. Overall, this film is good, but it's a poor man's version of stronger British political dramas.
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