(2020) (James Norton, Peter Sarsgaard) (Not Rated)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Drama: A foreign advisor turned freelance journalist tries to discover the source of Russia's increased spending during the Great Depression and before the onset of WWII.
As introduced by novelist George Orwell (JOSEPH MAWIE) who's writing his allegorical work "Animal Farm," we find ourselves in the year 1934 when Gareth Jones (JAMES NORTON) is a Welsh reporter working as the Foreign advisor for former British Prime Minister David Lloyd George (KENNETH CRANHAM). Having just interviewed Adolf Hitler, Gareth tries to sound the alarm to his boss and others about Hitler but they blow off his worries and his advice that Britain must ally with Russia's Stalin or else.
Due to alleged budget cuts during the Great Depression, Gareth suddenly finds himself unemployed but decides to head to Russia as a freelance journalist in hopes of not only interviewing Stalin, but also discovering the source of the money the government is using for their recent military upgrades and other expansion. Hoping to meet his contact who reported he found something major in Ukraine related to that, Gareth learns from Walter Duranty (PETER SARSGAARD), the Pulitzer Prize-winning bureau chief for The New York Times, that the man was shot dead a few days earlier. With help from Duranty's assistant, Ada Brooks (VANESSA KIRBY), who's concerned about her friends back in Berlin, Gareth pretends he's still working for Lloyd George and heads to Russia and then sneaks off to Ukraine looking for answers.
But what he finds is famine and death among the poor in direct contrast to the rich officials he previously met who extolled the greatness of Stalin's brand of communism. As he tries to survive that and later is faced with a deadly ultimatum, he must decide whether to tell the truth about what he's seen and experienced.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- Unless they're into the history of the period, it doesn't seem that likely.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: Not Rated
- The film is not rated but is the equivalent of an R for nudity, some disturbing images, brief drug use, and thematic elements.
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