TB Recommends: THE SPY WHO TRIED TO STOP A WAR


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LOGLINE:
The remarkable true story of Katharine Gun, a woman who stood up to her government and the US in defense of the truth about the war in Iraq.

COMMENTS SUMMARY:
“The Spy who tried to Stop a War” is a gripping true story that centers its plot on the characters and their trials instead of its agenda, walking the tight rope of a political message film and a riveting drama. The script succeeds on almost all counts, with only a few small issues cropping up throughout that, more likely than not, simply reflect the facts of the story rather than narrative missteps. While it’s always hard to suggest changes for a story that is following a true set of events, nonetheless there are a few story beats that seem disconnected from the rest of the plot as a whole, as well as a number of secondary characters that appear only to give their contribution to the overall picture and then disappear for the remainder of the film. None of these issues, in the end, really derail the core of the film, though they might want to be considered in future rewrites. All in all, the script is a near perfect example of its genre and with the right backers could easily be seen drawing in crowds who aren’t normally drawn to this type of political nail biter.

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