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4.0 out of 5 stars Great British atmosphere, 18 Dec. 2011
This review is from: Page Eight [DVD] [2011] (DVD)
This is a cracking BBC British spy movie with a superb cast. It is heavy on atmosphere, great character portrayal and clever dialogue rather than violence which is happily absent. While it is not a comedy, it has some dialogue that made me laugh out loud.

Johnny Worricker (Bill Nighy) is an intelligence expert in MI5. His boss and best friend, Benedict Baron (Michael Gambon) reveals to Johnny and a few others in the MI5 a file stating, on page 8, that Downing Street knows that the Americans are torturing prisoners in Black Sites even though such practices have been denied by the British Home Secretary (Saskia Reeves). It seems the Prime Minister has been witholding information from the Home Secretary. Suddenly Benedict Baron dies of natural causes and Johnny still has a copy of the damning file which the British Prime Minister (Ralph Fiennes) menacingly demands he return. But Johnny has a job to do. He realised that Benedict revealed this information with the intention of the truth being outed.

Meanwhile, Johnny's neighbour, Nancy Pierpan (Rachel Weisz) who he has never met, introduces herself and reveals that her brother, a political activist, has been murdered but no one will admit to it.

I loved it. But then I like almost everything that Bill Nighy is in.
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