Page Eight

2011

Page Eight

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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.

Cast

Ralph Fiennes
as Alec Beasley
Bill Nighy
as Johnny Worricker
Felicity Jones
as Julianne Worricker
Michael Gambon
as Benedict Baron
Ewen Bremner
as Rollo Madeley
Judy Davis
as Jill Tankard
Tom Hughes
as Ralph Wilson
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  • Apr 06, 2014
    Part 1 of David Hare's new trilogy this is very similar to Le Carre's 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy' and people might be put off by its slow pace and high brow script. However I loved the whole thing and with a cast like this you can't go far wrong. Total class.
    David S Super Reviewer
  • Oct 09, 2013
    Rather dull. Slow...good cast, though.
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer
  • Jul 13, 2013
    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.
    Jim H Super Reviewer
  • Nov 18, 2012
    "Page Eight" opens with Johnny Worricker(Bill Nighy) coming to the rescue of Nancy(Rachel Weisz), his hitherto unknown next door neighbor, when she has second thoughts about bringing home Ralph Wilson(Tom Hughes) with her. In the resultant conversation, Johnny is hesitant to give up details of his own life which is only reasonable considering he is an analyst at MI5 where he has been given a file to study by his boss and former school chum Benedict Baron(Michael Gambon) and also to their colleague Jill Tankard(Judy Davis). Anthea Catcheside(Saskia Reeves), the home secretary, seeing the explosiveness of a detail that Johnny pointed out, decides to sit on the file for a day or two before possibly going public. In the meantime, Johnny performs the duties of a father by visiting the opening of his daughter Julianne's(Felicity Jones) art show. First and foremost, "Page Eight" has a tremendous cast that also includes Alice Krige, Ewen Bremmer and Ralph Fiennes, headlined by Nighy at his droll and understated best. So, while you could have possibly stopped just at him, Gambon and Davis playing pinochle and still had an entertaining movie, there is quite a lot going on here, some of which is sadly overstated, most involving the collision of politics and intelligence gathering and why the two should never meet. Throughout, the movie smartly details the changing of the guard in Great Britain, not only in the ruling class but in how we all lead our lives(Resisting the urge is Johnny and notice how slowly his own personal history becomes known and how much his daughter is like him), willingly surrendering our privacy at the first opportunity while governments are becoming more secretive, unaware of the dictum that the truth will set you free.
    Walter M Super Reviewer

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