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'Mark Felt': another Red Box jewel . . .

Liam Neeson plays Mark Felt who was presumed to be J. Edgar's heir apparent. When he died unexpectedly, the WH selected their man for the job which began a journey of discontent leading to "Deep Throat" and the downfall of Nixon.

Neeson played this as a very intense, nothing-but-business guy who was hoping to take the Big Chair. As soon as the Watergate burgalry broke the minions in the WH started interfering immediately. The agency was given 48 hours to wrap up their investigation but Felt's resistance began to reach out to Wapo and their two reporters (Woodward and Bernstein).

The film shows how the agency worked during Hoover's time and how it was run by the Nixon WH by proxies. Although we know the story is quite involved, the story was compressed to fit into its theatrical timeframe. This was not so much a detailed history as the story of Felt and his reaction to disappointment and bad politics.

The large cast was excellent and its ensemble format kept things rolling. Felt's personal life figured into script which made it a complete story from his POV.

Neeson was strong, clever, and all about the bureau until Hoover checked out. This is worth a trip to Red Box. Rydley Scott was a co-producer so it's not a chicken hook production.

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Topic - 'Mark Felt': another Red Box jewel . . . - Billy Wonka 21:34:30 01/12/18 (0)


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