Hidden Agenda (1990)
Hidden Agenda takes place in Belfast, Northern Ireland during the early '80s and is about a British police officer (Brian Cox) and an American human rights activist (Frances McDormand) who attempt to uncover the truth about the murders of an IRA sympathizer and a U.S. lawyer and the subsequent police cover-up. The film is slow-paced but gripping, highlighted by fine performances.
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Critic Reviews for Hidden Agenda
Though it attempts to make an acceptable theatrical entertainment out of a complex political saga, Hidden Agenda lacks bigscreen impact.
There's plenty of evidence of Loach's undiminished power as a film-maker, and equally ample evidence that something is very rotten in the state of Northern Ireland.
This quietly explosive film comes to resonate more loudly than melodrama.
Ken Loach's Hidden Agenda must be the most buttoned-down movie about a conspiracy theory ever made.
It's made with the flaggelatory ardour that Ken Loach brings to all his films, a hard edged realism pounded into the mortar of cinema with naturalism
Made in 1990, it feels and looks like it's from 1980. Frances McDormand is an especially snoozy disappointment in a woefully miscast role.
Gripping stuff, even if the outbreak of peace in Northern Ireland has somewhat blunted the message.
Hidden Agenda could be accused of being dogmatic (Loach's films frequently slam the U.K. government), but the director keeps a sense of gritty authenticity throughout.
Simplistic and unconvincing, but with some power
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