Set during the start of WWII, the British need help and are running out of options. Winston Churchill gives orders to create a brand-new agency unlike anything before. The film introduces us to Vera Atkins (Stana Katic) who is assigned to oversee this and handle recruitment for this new agency. The agency will be focused on women who Vera feels will make perfect spies. Vera meets with various women and approaches those with the highest potential.
One of these women is an American named Virginia (Sarah Megan Thomas) who had desires of becoming a diplomat. But because Sarah has one wooden leg, she continually gets rejected. Vera sees the strength and determination in her and gives her the opportunity to join the agency. The other is a Muslim named Noor (Radhika Atpe) who is highly skilled in communications and the use of wireless. Working together these women were able to change history forever. This film is based on a true story.
A Call To Spy is filled with stunning and unforgettable performances from the film’s leading ladies, but particularly from Sarah Megan Thomas, whose character we follow for majority of the film. Supporting cast here were also positive. As the film began another element worthy of praise is the tremendous score by Lillie Rebecca McDonough. Not only was this score very fitting for this film, but at times it was extremely powerful during key moments.
As a plot this is a slow drama film. The film begins with an introduction of our leads and the pacing of this is very positive. The second act did slow down for me, but the third act was easily the most gripping and touching part of the film. By the time the credits rolled I felt very rewarded given my time watching the film and I enjoyed the film’s true story which I personally was not familiar with.
Those who find war dramas interesting certainly need to view this film. The quality of the film also felt more like a TV series rather than a big budget summer blockbuster. This is not a negative issue. I did notice an odd issue regarding the film’s audio in the third act where one of the character’s voices did not match up with the lip movement. This issue was distracting and disappointing to see during the film’s conclusion.
Overall, those who enjoy a dramatic war film will find this story very interesting and touching. It is a story I personally was not familiar with and it is filled with tremendous performances along with a strong musical score. Considering this is the director’s second feature, it is certainly praiseworthy and was able to bring a true story to life that is rather powerful and unforgettable.
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