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"Red Joan"

What would you do to save millions?

I was in the mood for a bit of historical drama and I found this film on Netflix. Red Joan is a film from 2019 that follows the story of an elderly woman who is arrested for treason in England. The film follows flashbacks of Joan's entanglement with the Cambridge spy ring before/during/after World War II. As a physicist, she was employed to help the British come up with their own plan for an atomic bomb. Her best friend and her first love try to convince her to share secrets with the Russians, ultimately after the United States dropped the bombs in Japan, she is determined and convinced that sharing those secrets will save more lives.


The film was inspired by the real Red Joan, Melita Norwood. When she was in her 80s she was unmasked as a KGB spy who was accused of leaking secrets to the Soviet Union in the 1940s. The British Government decided not to prosecute her due to her age, known as the "Granny Spy", she died at 93.


Judy Dench is always a fantastic actress and Sophie Cookson was amazing as well. I absolutely love World War II historical dramas and this one did not disappoint. The storytelling was fantastic and it kept me interested in what was going to happen until the end. This was an emotional film as well, I found myself connecting with the characters and hoping that they would be okay.


I do not want to say too much more about the story because I don't want to spoil the film but if you have Netflix I would definitely give this one a watch if you're in the mood for a nice historical drama.


I would give this film 5 stars!

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