Official Secrets

1hr 52mins
Directed by
Gavin Hood
Keira Knightley, Ralph Fiennes, Matt Smith

She risked everything to stop an unjust war. Her government called her a traitor.

Based on world-shaking true events, Official Secrets tells the gripping 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 United States is enlisting Britain’s help in collecting compromising information on United Nations Security Council members in order to blackmail them into voting in favor of an invasion of Iraq.

Unable to stand by and 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.

Review Text

The most gripping thriller of 2019 is here. It’s official. This one will have you talking – and it should.

Review Author
Pete Hammond
Review Publication
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Bloody hell, the Brits do low-key, paranoid procedural dramas like Official Secrets well, with a pervading chill and no flash: The crispness cuts like a knife.

Review Author
David Edelstein
Review Publication
New York Magazine
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Knightley gives one of her strongest performances here, using her innate steeliness and presence to create a convincing portrait of a courageous zealot who believes in right and wrong in an almost biblical sense.

Review Author
Kenneth Turan
Review Publication
Los Angeles Times