‘Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House’ review

LICH rating: 3 out of 5 stars (3 / 5)

Director Peter Landesman uses a blue filter to paint his true story movie, mostly to capture the feeling of hopeless desolation and isolation the real-life Mark Felt must’ve felt in 1972. The reason? Hoover’s passing and Nixon’s imminent re-election and attempt to takeover the FBI. Then, the Watergate hotel break-in happens and Felt—played by the magnificent, growling Liam Neeson, his silver mane a cover for his constantly scanning eyes—begins to plan an info-coup to prevent Nixon’s re-entry into the White House. There’s much skullduggery afoot, but Landesman doesn’t quite get the paranoia into your living room. It’s upto the ominous Daniel Pemberton score and the stellar cast to keep you riveted—and they do. As Audrey Felt, Diane Lane nurses a darkness that goes deeper than grousing her husband’s job. Marton Csokas as the seemingly fence-sitting bureau chief is hushingly marvellous, while Tony Goldwyn and Josh Lucas are the movie’s—and Felt’s—pillars. In a bar scene as the three men toast each other, Goldwyn’s Miller and Lucas’s Bates look at each other, both nursing not just their drinks but a secret that ties them to Felt forever. For Deep Throat to survive, he needed those deep eyes and deeper loyalties.

LICH ratings chart
1 out of 5 stars (1 / 5): Don’t bother
2 out of 5 stars (2 / 5): Not too great
3 out of 5 stars (3 / 5): Worth a watch
4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5): Very good
5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5): Drop everything else NOW

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Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House is rated U/A for mild scenes of intensity, smoking, alcohol.

Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House
Director Peter Landesman Running Time 1h 43min
Writers Peter Landesman, Mark Felt (based on the books by), John
O’Connor (based on the books by)
Stars Liam Neeson, Diane Lane, Tony Goldwyn, Marton Csokas, Josh Lucas
Genres  Biography, Drama, History, Personal Movie Collection, Thriller