(Romola Garai, Bill Nighy, Julie Christie, Eddie Redmayne, Juno Temple, et al / DVD / R / 2011 / Entertainment One)
Overview: In this tense WWII-era thriller, Anne Keyes, a young woman from a powerful, political family, stumbles upon sinister evidence relating to a secret Nazi conspiracy plot. As war rages throughout Europe, Anne discovers the dark truths hidden by her family and becomes caught in a deadly web of lies and betrayal.
DVD Verdict: After finding secret pro-appeasment (for the Nazis) recordings Anne (Garai) becomes involved in a secret, violent conspiracy, set in England in 1939. After one of her friends who speaks out against Hitler is found dead, Anne begins to dig deeper into the reasons for his death.
The plot is fascinating and fresh. It deals with a group of Brits convinced that England could not possibly prevail against Germany and who use every means from political influence to devious machinations to keep England out of war. This historical background blends nicely into a suspense thriller when bodies start piling up. It contains excellent performances and crisp direction by Stephen Poliakoff, who helmed many dramas for the BBC.
Again, this is a very interesting movie. It is both compelling and slow moving. It is tense but it drags in spots. It kept me watching but my mind did wander a bit. This is overall a good movie but you need to be in the mood for it. You really feel for Anne and the way her life begins to fall apart. I am a fan of historical movies so I really liked that aspect of it.
This movie had the feel of a made-for-TV movie, although it would have been an HBO movie with the quality of it. I recommend this but again, it's not for everyone, and you need to be in the mood to watch a movie like this one. [TH] This is a Widescreen Presentation (2.35:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.