She risked everything to stop an unjust war. Her government called her a traitor. Based on world-shaking true events, Official Secrets tells the true story of Katharine Gun (Keira Knightley), a British intelligence specialist whose job involves routine handling of classified information. One day in 2003, in the lead up to the Iraq War, Gun receives a memo from the NSA with a shocking directive: the US is enlisting Britain’s help in collecting compromising information on UN Security Council members in order to blackmail them into voting in favor of an invasion of Iraq. Unable to watch the world be rushed into an illegal war, Gun makes the gut-wrenching decision to defy her government and leak the memo to the press. So begins an explosive chain of events that will ignite an international firestorm, expose a vast political conspiracy, and put Gun and her family directly in harm’s way.


Keira Knightly gives one of her best performances for some time in director Gavin Hoods compelling and dramatic true story of how whistle-blower Katherine Gun made public, details of how the United states government were looking to coerce other United Nations countries into giving them a mandate to invade Iraq in 2003.

Even if the story is well known to you it's to Hood's credit that he manages to keep "Official Secrets" tense for most of it's running time. In lessor hands “Official Secrets” could have turned out no better than a standard Sunday night TV drama however fine performances from not only Knightly but also Ralph Fiennes and Matt Smith help lift it into something that’s worth going to see at the cinema.



Official Secrets (15)

1h 40m

Director: Gavin Hood

UK Release: Friday 18th October 2019

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