2021 ( UK | USA ) ( Drama, War )
Starring: Colin Firth, Matthew Macfadyen, Kelly Macdonald
Director: John Madden
It’s often forgotten that the battle for Europe began almost a year earlier than D-Day, when Allied forces landed on the beaches of Sicily in the summer of 1943.
It was a bold and hugely dangerous strategy, not least because invading Sicily – seen as the soft underbelly of Europe – was exactly what Hitler expected the Allies to do. So, somehow, German high command had to be persuaded that the Allies’ objectives lay elsewhere… which is where Operation Mincemeat, the name of a top-secret intelligence plan and the new film it has now inspired, comes in. The plan used a dead body as a decoy together with a briefcase full of carefully faked documents.
It’s a ripping yarn, uses a quality cast of British character actors and it rattles along like a thriller.