Films I’ve experienced in 2013: Page Eight (2011) dir. David Hare, star. Bill Nighy, Rachel Weisz
Bill Nighy plays an aged MI-5 officer caught in a political mess after his long-time friend and boss, played by Michael Gambon, dies suddenly and leaves behind information that could seriously upset not only the UK, but the world. Throw in a rather brilliant cast of well-known Brits, and you’ve got…….not that much, actually. It was all rather underwhelming, and the hour and thirty five minutes felt like an eternity I almost fell asleep through. I didn’t understand the purpose of Nighy and Weisz’s characters’ relationship, nor was I remotely compelled by it, and the apparent ‘threat’/plot was incredibly vague, hard to follow, and even harder to care about. It tried too hard and fell far too short.