(2013) (Eric Bana, Rebecca Hall) (R)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Dramatic Thriller: Two ex-lovers end up working together on a high profile terrorism case that might spread further into the British government than either expected.
- Six months after a truck bomb blew up a crowded London market and killed 120 people plus the two terrorists, Farroukh Erdogan (DENIS MOSCHITTO) stands trial as the alleged mastermind of the attack. With his defense barrister reportedly having committed suicide, the Attorney General (JIM BROADBENT) greats Martin Rose (ERIC BANA) as that man's replacement. The only problem is that Martin's ex-lover, Claudia Simmons-Howe (REBECCA HALL), is already working as the defendant's special advocate, and the former couple's past affair turned acrimonious. Nevertheless, they agree to keep that secret from the judge presiding over the case and begin working on defending their client.
The only problem is that the government has decided to have both an open and closed trial for Erdogan, the latter to keep national security issues secret and to which only Claudia will be privy. Assisting her in that regard is MI5 agent Nazrul Sharma (RIZ AHMED), although she's immediately suspicious of him and his presence. For Martin, his suspicions are aroused when he meets New York Times deputy bureau chief Joanna Reece (JULIA STILES) at a dinner party -- that's also attended by government worker Melissa (ANNE-MARIE DUFF) -- where the reporter informs the defense barrister that his predecessor's death may not have been a suicide as reported.
With Martin's longtime colleague, Devlin (CIARAN HINDS), assisting him, Martin begins working on the case that's going before the judge, Cameron Fischer (KENNETH CRANHAM), all while Claudia works on her side, all of which leads to her desire to question Erdogan's teenage son, Emir (HASANCAN CIFCI). As they do so, the former lovers turned defense partners become increasingly suspicious that everything they're doing is being watched and recorded, leading them to unsettling assumptions about their government.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- Older teens might show some interest, but it's unlikely any younger kids will be interested.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
- For language and brief violence.
To continue reading the review and all of the highly detailed, scene-by-scene listings of the sex, nudity, profanity, violence and more (15 categories):
I have subscribed to ScreenIt for more than a decade. I check in every week to take advantage of their amazing services. Not only does their site provide a glimpse of exactly what content a movie offers, I've found the “Our Take” reviews and ratings for each movie to be right on the money every single time. I've referred dozens of friends to this service because my #1 resource for deciding whether or not to show a movie to my kids, or to see one myself, is ScreenIt.com!
Director, State of CA Public Sector
I signed up to get Screen It weekly reviews a long time ago, when my kids were young and I wanted to know more about movies before we went to a theater or rented. Now one child is in law school, other in undergraduate, and I still read the weekly Screen Its! It helps me know what my husband and I want to see or rent, and what to have waiting at home that we all will enjoy when my "kids" come home. I depend on Screen It reviews. They usually just present the facts and let me decide if the movie is appropriate or of interest for my family and me. Thank you for providing that service, Screen It!
Winston Salem, NC
I have 4 children who are now in college. I signed up for Screen It when my children were pre-teenagers. Often my children would ask to see a movie with a friend and I wished I could preview the movie prior to giving permission. A friend told me about ScreenIt.com and I found it to be the next best thing to previewing a movie. The amount of violence, sexual content, or language were always concerns for me and my husband as we raised innocent kids with morals. We constantly fought the peer pressure our kids received to see films that in our opinion were questionable. With the evidence we received at Screen It, our kids couldn't even fight us when we felt a film may have been inappropriate for them to watch. Thank you, Screen It. Continue to make this helpful service available to everyone, but especially the young parents.
Machesney Park, IL
Screenit.com is an amazing resource for parents, educators, church groups or anyone who wants to make an informed decision whether a movie is suitable for their viewing. The reviews and content descriptions are so detailed I am mystified how the reviewers can put them together.
I love screen It! I don't know what I would do without it. It is well worth the membership. Before we take our son to the movies we check it out on screen it first. Thank you SO much for making it. Keep up the good work & keep 'em coming!!!
Moreno Valley California
Other new and recent reviews include:
By entering this site you acknowledge to having read and agreed to the above conditions.
All Rights Reserved,
©1996-2016 Screen It, Inc.