UK film poster
|Directed by||Tom Harper|
|Produced by||Lauren Dark|
|Written by||Jack Thorne|
|Music by||Jack C. Arnold|
|Edited by||Mark Eckersley|
|Distributed by||K5 International|
War Book is a 2014 British political drama film directed by Tom Harper and written by Jack Thorne. The film features an ensemble cast, consisting of Adeel Akhtar, Nicholas Burns, Ben Chaplin, Shaun Evans, Kerry Fox, Phoebe Fox, Sophie Okonedo, Antony Sher, and Nathan Stewart-Jarrett.
Over the course of three days, eight government officials, a Member of Parliament, and a political appointee participate in a war-game which has taken place regularly among British civil servants since the 1960s, as a way to help them formulate government procedure in the event of nuclear war. In the depicted meetings, set in 2014, the group discusses possible UK policy in the fictional event of a nuclear detonation in Mumbai, India by a Pakistani organisation.
- Adeel Akhtar as Mo
- Nicholas Burns as James
- Ben Chaplin as Gary
- Shaun Evans as Tom
- Kerry Fox as Maria
- Phoebe Fox as Kate
- Sophie Okonedo as Philippa
- Antony Sher as David
- Nathan Stewart-Jarrett as Austin
- Morgan Walters as Frank
Premiere and reception
Variety's Charles Gant found the film's dialogue somewhat theatrical and compared it to Roger Donaldson’s Thirteen Days, which proved that "a talkathon rooted in a historical moment of genuine peril can be far more gripping than any invented drama, and many audiences may find the final act of “War Book” to be risibly paranoid by comparison."
The List's Nikki Baughan was much more enthusiastic, comparing it to Sidney Lumet's 1960 classic Twelve Angry Men, stating that "Jack Thorne’s remarkable script is a masterclass in slow-burn tension, combining black-and-white facts with the murky greys of human emotion to drive home the fragility of social order in the face of incoming warheads."
- BBFC: War Book Retrieved 5 August 2015
- "War Book". Retrieved 2017-08-11.
- Variety, 15 October 2014: London Film Review: ‘War Book’ Linked 2015-08-13
- BBC Four: War Book Linked 2015-08-13
- The Guardian, 6 August 2015: War Book review – sober speculation goes nuclear Linked 2015-08-13
- The List, 3 August 2015: War Book - Provocative and essential nuclear war-themed drama from Tom Harper Linked 2015-08-13