New to Netflix’s streaming library this week is David Oyelowo’s MI5/Guantanamo Bay thriller “Complicit,” which centers on the moral dilemmas posed by the war on terror, as an MI5 agent (played by Oyelowo) becomes involved in the torture of a suspected terrorist to prevent an attack in the UK.
It debuted on Channel 4 (in the UK) last year, and was picked up by the Showtime network for American audiences, earlier this year.
If you haven’t seen it (I haven’t; I don’t have Showtime), and you’re a Netflix streaming subscriber, here’s your opportunity to do so. I’ll certainly be checking out some time this week.
The full synopsis for the 99-minute drama/thriller reads: “In fighting the War on Terror is torture ever justified? David Oyelowo (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Red Tail, The Help) stars in a compelling new single drama from acclaimed writer Guy Hibbert (Blood and Oil, Five Minutes of Heaven, Omagh) that explores the murky moral compromises that underpin the hidden intelligence war. Complicit follows the story of Edward (Oyelowo) an MI5 officer who, desperate to foil another 7/7 style atrocity, wrestles with his own conscience and moral code when he finally comes face to face with British terror suspect Waleed (Arsher Ali – Four Lions, Beaver Falls). Convinced that Waleed is plotting an attack, Edward tears up the rule book and makes an irrevocable decision. Informed by extensive research, Hibbert’s film is a penetrating insight into the dangerous world of MI5 and counter terrorism.”
The trailer for the film follows below, followed by an 8-minute long video interview, in which Oyelowo, as well as key cast and crew, talk about the project, including some of the racial aspects of it; Apparently, the role wasn’t written for a black man, but the producers decided to make the lead character a black man, seemingly to introduce a new layer of complexity to the story, and interaction between characters.
And then add it to your Netlix queue:
And here’s the behind-the-scenes piece: