Based on a true story of the most famous anonymous man in American history, Liam Neeson stars as Mark Felt, the FBI second-in-command who was the 'Deep Throat' whistle-blower in the 1970's Watergate scandal. Few have known about the personal and professional life of the brilliant and uncompromising Felt, who risked and ultimately sacrificed everything, including his family, career, and ultimately his freedom, to bring what he knew to light. As current events strike startling parallels to the political turmoil of the Watergate era - including power struggles between the executive branch and the FBI', evidence of election dirty tricks, and renewed White House challenges to the veracity of the media - Mark Felt's story could not be more timely.
A great alternative perspective to "All the Presidents Men"
- Mark Felt review by TR
Some critics have unfairly slated this film, for instance, being unnecessarily picky over the fact that Mark Felt didn't "bring down the White House" as it says in the title. Who cares? This is a fine, suspenseful and atmospheric political thriller which shows Watergate and all the other sordid goings-on from the perspective of Deep Throat. Great performances all round. Come on you critics who are paid to properly appraise films: stop over-praising dross and give a magnificent piece of work like this the credit it deserves.
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Never Going To Be A Blockbuster
- Mark Felt review by RR
I thought that this film was too slow in tempo Lots of meandering shots giving the effect of isolation. This is really a snapshot of what a principled man has to go through when trying to keep impartial It is indeed atmospherical but there is no sense of Joy ,but hopelessness is rife. I think it is a hard watch. There is some good acting here. But this was never going to be a blockbuster movie.
Interesting film leading up to the exposure of the legendary Deep Throat, who so angered the White house of President Nixon. Exemplary performances from Liam Neeson and Diane Lane as the wife who had to live through this and keep the stiff upper lip syndrome going. With technology today as it is could it ever happen again who knows!
Rather a plodding uninspired film. Most of the tension seems to have come from frequent closeups of Liam Neeson. Given the extraordinary nature of the events, I expected a them to merit better made film.