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War Book (2015)




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WAR BOOK takes place over three days as nine civil servants gather to take part in a policy shaping scenario. They are there to take decisions on Britain's reaction to an international nuclear attack. At first the participants are casual, playing out the scenario against a backdrop of their own petty squabbles and personal ambitions. Only two participants know the truth - that the country is secretly facing a real nuclear threat, and that their theoretical responses may become reality sooner than they can know.


Critic Reviews for War Book

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (2)

The artifice of the whole thing often overwhelms.

August 7, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Harper's framing is always dynamic, and often pointed: each glimpse of life passing blithely by this room's only window provides a sobering reminder of the extent to which we're at the mercy of those who would govern us.

August 6, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

War Book suggests that democracy can be killed by unstoppable momentum.

September 10, 2020 | Full Review…

Director Tom Harper paces the film expertly, never allowing the proceedings to get sedate (let alone boring). Some extremely sobering facts even manage to get the tension up.

January 9, 2020 | Full Review…

There is a rare focus and ruthless quality in this low-budget indie that deserves and demands your attention.

May 31, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

It begins to resemble a poorly thought-out episode of the The West Wing -- with geopolitical realities subordinate to soapy backstory.

April 5, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for War Book

A superb, brilliantly written and acted thoughtful piece, almost entirely set in one room. Up there with Fail Safe in terms of the ideas and morality explored.

Daniel Parsons
Daniel Parsons

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