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Official Secrets

2019 | 1h 52m | Drama, Thriller, Biography

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The true story of a British whistleblower who leaked information to the press about an illegal NSA spy operation designed to push the UN Security Council into sanctioning the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

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Official Secrets unfolds as a cross between a espionage flick and a Spotlight-esque journalism thriller, though there is admittedly something more workmanlike – something a bit television movie – about this film when compared to Hood’s previous efforts.
★★★☆☆ | Read in full: Official Secrets movie review Tom Barnard We Love Cinema

What others think

Hood’s major ace is Keira Knightley, whose rousing lead performance adds a much-needed fire, igniting the pedestrian-level drama around her.
Benjamin Lee The Guardian
[The film] may tell a story worth memorializing, especially today, but it never rises to the heights of its lofty aspirations.
Jude Dry IndieWire
If it’s let down by a simplistic take on its complex subject matter, it’s still an entertaining slice of recent history celebrating an unsung British hero.
Ian Freer Empire Magazine

'Official Secrets' Movie details


Gavin Hood


Keira Knightley Matt Smith Ralph Fiennes Matthew Goode Rhys Ifans

UK release date

18 Oct 2019
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