Official Secrets (2019)

Based on a true story and an event in history which was highly unnecessary, this film speaks about the courage and bravery of one woman who took it upon herself to leak classified information.

Keira Knightley is convincing in her role as whistle-blower Katharine Gun, supported by a host of talent we have seen and admired in shows and movies; Ralph Fiennes, Matt Smith, Matthew Goode and Rhys Ifans.

I like to walk into a movie without knowing anything about it, which helped greatly this time. To be told about this fact unfolding as film was not only a revelation but a relief that someone tried to do something about it.

A tense and well-paced film which needs worldwide press and release.

3.5/5

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Eye in the sky (2016)

The state of political bureaucracy is exposed in what seems to be an antithesis for how casually innocent lives were taken by world powers. Here a protocol is followed, providing taut drama and anxiety, where no rank wants to take responsibility of an act which is definitely required.

Helen Mirren and Alan Rickman play the principal roles in this politically charged thriller by director Gavin Hood. They are perfect in their roles, bringing appropriate amount of authority and frustration to the table.

The supporting cast play opposing sides well, mirroring our own dilemma. A talented display of tension and pressure in the face of unnerving circumstances.

3.5/5

Ender’s Game (2013)

It took some convincing to watch this film, which appeared another ‘save the world’ genre, using the talents of young children’s gaming skills no less! Keeping the alien threat aside, this film used combat strategy and teenage psychology to come up with the most effective battle plan to save Earth.

The pressure the kids are put under seems downright unethical, because they are strategically being used for their ‘fearless, risk taking, abandoning feasibility’ type qualities. The training they go through, and how Ender is identified and rises up the ranks, balances the action/special effects quotient with decent drama.

We have stalwarts like Harrison Ford and Ben Kingsley supported by the talented Viola Davis, but the film belongs to the ensemble of young adults in it. Asa Butterfield as Ender, Hailee Steinfeld as Petra and Abigail Breslin as Valentine are memorable, whilst their peers that surround them are sincere to their roles.

An engaging watch.

3.5/5