Sundance Review: ‘Official Secrets’ Mines Interesting Subject Matter Uninterestingly

In January 2003, British government employee Katherine Gun was emailed a memo that requested she, and those she worked with at the Gchq (Government Communications Headquarters), listen in on the Un offices of six nations: Angola, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Chile, Guinea, and Pakistan. These countries held the crucial swing votes on the approval of the invasion of Iraq. Regarding this ask as illegal, Gun leaked the email to a friend with connections to The Observer. The information goes public and Gun’s life changes forever as the government charges her under the Official Secrets Act of 1989.

Directed by Gavin Hood and starring Keira Knightley as Gun, Official Secrets digs into this story with plenty of aplomb if not enough urgency. Such a languid pace at which this movie operates! Running at nearly two hours, the script, spends an admirable amount of time in its first act developing Gun as a character. Unfortunately,
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