War Book

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WAR BOOK takes place over three days as nine civil servants gather to take part in a policy shaping scenario. They are there to take decisions on Britain's reaction to an international nuclear attack. At first the participants are casual, playing out the scenario against a backdrop of their own petty squabbles and personal ambitions. Only two participants know the truth - that the country is secretly facing a real nuclear threat, and that their theoretical responses may become reality sooner than they can know.

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Critic Reviews for War Book

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (2)

  • The artifice of the whole thing often overwhelms.

    Aug 7, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Harper's framing is always dynamic, and often pointed: each glimpse of life passing blithely by this room's only window provides a sobering reminder of the extent to which we're at the mercy of those who would govern us.

    Aug 6, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Mike McCahill

    Guardian
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  • There is a rare focus and ruthless quality in this low-budget indie that deserves and demands your attention.

    May 31, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • It begins to resemble a poorly thought-out episode of the The West Wing -- with geopolitical realities subordinate to soapy backstory.

    Apr 5, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • With an ingenious concept, this fairly simple film becomes one of the most gripping thrillers of the year even though it rarely leaves a wood-panelled conference room.

    Oct 9, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Riveting, terrifying, and unafraid to confront its own quiet horror. One of the most important movies ever about nuclear weapons and modern governance.

    Aug 5, 2015 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for War Book

  • Aug 03, 2015
    A superb, brilliantly written and acted thoughtful piece, almost entirely set in one room. Up there with Fail Safe in terms of the ideas and morality explored.
    Daniel P Super Reviewer

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