(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.
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