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Based on world-shaking true events, this is the gripping story of Katharine Gun (Keira Knightley), a British intelligence specialist whose job involved routine handling of classified information. One day in 2003, in the lead up to the Iraq War, Gun received a memo from the U.S. intelligence agency, the NSA, with a shocking directive: the United States is enlisting Britain’s help in collecting compromising information on UN 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. (R, 112 mins)
“Official Secrets uses the recent past to invite viewers to interrogate our present and, more specifically, what they’re willing to risk to prevent a disastrous future.” – Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
“Like the whistleblower at its center, ‘Official Secrets’ has backbone and conviction, something we could use more of today.” – Adam Graham, Detroit News