Page Eight (2011)
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Johnny Worricker (Bill Nighy) is a long-serving M15 officer. His boss and best friend Benedict Baron (Michael Gambon) dies suddenly, leaving behind him an inexplicable file, threatening the stability of the organization. Meanwhile, a seemingly chance encounter with Johnny's striking next-door neighbour and political activist Nancy Pierpan (Rachel Weisz) seems too good to be true. Johnny is forced to walk out of his job, and then out of his identity to find out the truth. Set in London and Cambridge, PAGE EIGHT is a contemporary spy film for the BBC, which addresses intelligence issues and moral dilemmas peculiar to the new century. … More
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Critic Reviews for Page Eight
Bill Nighy is the hushed engine of the film, just as Rachel Weisz is asked to be the emblem of a vein of decency and commitment that is worth defending.
I felt stuck on the outside, while the characters went through their paces secretly understanding everything that was at stake.
It's the right cast in the right setting but with a wrongfully righteous script.
Even though there may be a fleeting moment when you feel an urge to slap Mr. Nighy and yell: "Perk up," in truth he can do no wrong here.
The post-Cold War evolution of MI5 is a potentially juicy subject, but while Hare lines up the elements, he fails to take the story anyplace especially revelatory or combustible.
Audience Reviews for Page Eight
TV spy drama with a great set of A-list actors but with wooden acting from the protagonist and poor dialogue all around, yet the story becomes quite enticing an hour in and I quite enjoyed it.
Rather dull. Slow...good cast, though.
A MI5 agent uncovers a conspiracy that goes to Downing Street and may have caused the death of his best friend/boss.
If you've seen the British version of State of Play, then you've already seen the feel and basic content of this film. This difference is that the conflict in the film has lower stakes, and the conspiracy does not seem as far-reaching and damning.
Bill Nighy delivers another strong, understated performance, like the ones in State of Play and Gideon's Daughter. His work for British outlets seems so much more complex than what he does in American films.
Overall, this film is good, but it's a poor man's version of stronger British political dramas.
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