TL;DR – A powerful exploration of what happens when all the institutions that are meant to protect us from abuse of power fail
Score – 4 out of 5 stars
Post-Credit Scene – There is no post-credit scene
There are films that are perfectly timed in their release, sometimes it is the
world shifting around you, sometimes you get lucky and just so happen to be shining
a light on something that is about to come to the foreground, and sometimes it
is always good to be reminded of speaking truth to power. Well, today we get a
film that does all three of those as it explores the absolute mess that was the
justifications for the Iraq War. A mess that America, UK, Australia, and others
found themselves in through no one’s fault but their own.
So to set the scene, in 2003 the world was on the cusp of war as America in the
wake of September 11 has set its sights on a new foe Iraq. Not happy to just
sit and wait for the weapon inspectors to do their jobs, they were placing enormous
pressure on the United Nations Security Council to pass a resolution allowing
the war. As this is happening, Katharine Gun (Keira Knightley) was working in
the UK’s signal intelligence agency GCHQ as a translator, when she receives a
memo from her superiors asking them to support NSA efforts to pressure UNSC
diplomates to vote for the war. As this goes against her job and is quite
possibly illegal, she takes a copy of the memo and gives it to a trusted friend
to see if it is as bad as she thought it was, and well it was.
TL;DR – A Bit of fun, and a good watch, if you don’t take it too seriously
Score – 3.5 out of 5 stars
So the basic premise of all the Terminator films are in the deep dark future of 1994 a computer system called Skynet rose up and nuked the world and now it and the remaining humans are fighting for survival. Skynet feeling that it is losing does what all computers do, cheat and sends back through time a terminator to kill one of the Connors. Since the best film in the series Terminator 2: Judgement Day, we have had one ok but mostly forgettable sequel, one TV series that started strong, got messed with by executives and then finished strong but not strong enough to stave of cancellation and another movie sequel which was a train wreck from start of filming to the end. So how does this film hold up? Not bad, generally speaking.