Fifth about The Seventh

Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House

Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House: starting with its on-the-nose title, Peter Landesman’s film is generally a very obvious and riskless work. It also has a very confusing plot, one that has new story elements coming out of nowhere and taking center stage all of a sudden; that’s the blame either of Tariq Anwar’s editing or Landesman’s screenplay, or both. The performances are unimpressive: Diane Lane is stuck with a character that doesn’t seem to have a function or strong characteristics; Liam Neeson doesn’t achieve much with a character that is a cypher by design; the supporting cast doesn’t register much either despite some known faces, in good part because so many of the characters are interchangeable with each other.

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