War Book (2015)




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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 (5)

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.

October 9, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The artifice of the whole thing often overwhelms.

August 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.

August 6, 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.

August 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.

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

Audience Reviews for War Book

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 Parsons
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