What would you do for your country?
Katharine Gun works for GCHQ and leaks a top secret NSA memo exposing a joint US-UK illegal spying operation against members of the UN Security Council. The memo proposed blackmailing smaller, undecided member states into voting for war. It finds its way to reporter Martin Bright (Matt Smith) of the Observer and is published for all to see. Katharine turns herself in and is charged with breaking the Official Secrets act.
Too many people slept on this movie. This is a solid drama with an outstanding cast. I've had it on my "Must See" list all year but the reviews I did read were all mediocre at best. Sure, it might not be as exciting as other journalism/whistle blower films but Official Secrets never gives you a moment to feel bored.
Keira Knightley is wonderful is wonderful as Katharine. I love seeing her in more modern roles since so many things she does are period pieces. I think this is up there as one of her best performances. Smith, Matthew Goode, Conleth Hill, Indira Varma, Rhys Ifan, Ralph Fiennes, and Adam Bakri make up a stellar supporting cast.
If there's one thing I wish I had more of, it's time with the Observer staff. Their scenes were my favorite but they disappear for quite a while in the middle of the film. I understand why, it's not needed, but the actors were such a joy to watch together I wouldn't have minded if there were more of them.
If you enjoy these types of movies, please don't miss this one.
Memorable Quote: "I'm not sorry I did it, I'm sorry that I failed." - Katharine (Keira Knightley)