Able Danger (2008)




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A guy with an interest in news that slips past the major media outlets stumbles upon the biggest and most dangerous unreported story of the decade in this independent fusion of film noir and political thriller. Tom Flynn (Adam Nee) runs a leftist bookstore and coffee shop in New York, and in his spare time publishes a zine devoted to conspiracy theories relating to the September 11th terrorist attacks. Tom's writings lead him to a meeting with Kasia (Elina Löwensohn), a beautiful woman from Eastern Europe who has learned more than is safe about the facts behind 9/11. Through Kasia, Tom discovers damning evidence that links American intelligence with the terrorists who masterminded the attacks, but his efforts to bring the information to a public forum make him a man with a price on his head. Able Danger received its world premiere at the 2008 Rotterdam Film Festival.
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Adam Nee
as Thomas Flynn
Tamara Knausz
as Friday
Brandon Bales
as Nathan
Frank Deal
as O'Rourke
Piper Kenny
as Agent Bundy
Angela Pierce
as Felicity
Christian Contreras
as Winfred Ringer
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Critic Reviews for Able Danger

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (2)

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Full Review… | October 17, 2008
Top Critic

Modeled on noir and executed on acid, Able Danger is a paranoid fantasy of geek superheroics that lunges desperately for political relevance.

September 10, 2008
New York Times
Top Critic

Able Danger's various generic elements and ambitions, while successful on their own, resist melding into a successful pastiche.

Full Review… | September 10, 2008
Village Voice
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More than just a self-referential lark, Able Danger tells a smart, inventive story.

Full Review… | November 26, 2008

Paul Krik's stylish, darkly comic conspiracy thriller takes its title from a classified military program alleged to have identified four 9/11 hijackers prior to the terrorist attacks, and borrows its gleaming B&W look from The Maltese Falcon.

Full Review… | September 17, 2008
TV Guide

Director Paul Krik would prefer if we all compared his feature-length debut to the practically minimalist The Parallax View, but Able Danger is really a hipster version of Soderbergh's inane The Good German.

Full Review… | September 7, 2008
Slant Magazine

Audience Reviews for Able Danger


Strange and sometimes dull story of the indie thriller film with unknown actors & actresses.

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

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This Movie is smart. Amazing really what's been done here. Paul Krik has taken on a taboo topic that has never been dealt with in the context of a narrative film. I love films like the Bourne series, but why can't more filmmakers take on topics that actually have a basis in reality? Is it because their hollywood financial backers won't let them touch taboo subjects like 9/11 conspiracy? That's what I love about this film. It is so fiercely independent. It could never be done in the hollywood system. And yet classic film is referenced and reemployed to create a perfect neo-noir pitch. Perhaps it's just because I love Elina Lowensohn so much but her performance harkens back to golden age of cinema. And Adam Nee is a great talent, I'm sure we'll be seeing more of him once this film reaches the cult status it deserves.

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