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.


Critic Reviews for War Book

All Critics (6) | 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

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  • 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…
  • There is not a single weak link amongst the impressive ensemble cast, who keep up with Thorne's powerful dialogue as it ricochets around the room with increasing tempo.

    Aug 3, 2015 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

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