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  • This film tells the story of the deputy chief of the FBI, who is not given the promotion that he thought he would get. He then goes on to expose the biggest political scandal of all time.

    It is interesting that this film does not concentrate on external events at all, so you don't get to see who the seven people who got arrested are, or what evidence the agents have uncovered. It only deals with what Mark Felt have seen or heard, so most of the film occurs in the office. Because of this, viewers who are unfamiliar with the Watergate scandal will have to read about it in advance in order to fully understand the plot. It is a thrilling story, especially the fact that Mark Felt must have endured enormous pressure during that time, and all the subsequent years of his life.
  • A brief clip of Walter Cronkite on TV in "Mark Felt..." reminded me of the authority the legendary newscaster generated back in the day, and star Liam Neeson likewise lends immeasurable gravitas to this film of ideas, a tangential look at the Watergate case.

    Just as Mark Felt, self-identified decades later to be the mysterious Deep Throat who aided Woodward & Bernstein in revealing to the public the White House wrongdoings, is a footnote in American history, so too this well-made movie is destined to be a mere footnote in film history. That's because it does not fit into popular genres, specifically the thriller, but is more the province of television drama in the 21st Century.

    Back in the day, this would have been an A-production release from United Artists or later Columbia Pictures in the Stanley Kramer vein, his films about ideas and problem subjects like "The Men" with Brando or "Home of the Brave", but nowadays it is up to successor company to Columbia, specialty division, namely Sony Pictures Classics, to bring this worthy effort to a blasé public.

    I happen to love movies of this type, far more than the Action Man pictures like "Taken" that have made of middle-aged actor Neeson an iconic action figure. The best movie I recall is "Command Decision", a war movie, but minus the action, and more recently (though 2 decades back) the excellent "Executive Decision" starring Kurt Russell.

    Felt's importance at the FBI, notably in the wake of J. Edgar's death, is the principal thrust of Peter Landesman's film. It moves along on a low flame, tension mounting imperceptibly under the handicap of the viewer being already aware, certainly in broad strokes, of the incidents being covered in the wake of the burglary of Dem offices at D.C.'s Watergate Hotel, as well as the ultimate outcome. But using insider Felt's point- of-view gives us an interesting vantage point.

    Neeson as Felt is a noir hero, self-divided and trying to do the right thing but caught in a malevolent universe where, to paraphrase TV's "The Fugitive", fate is moving a huge hand. His conflict with new acting FBI head Gray, well-played subtly by Marton Csokas, is quite believable, and helps to add depth to the otherwise black & white "whose side are you on" in the story's depiction of a war between the evil White House and the "standing up for our country" FBI.

    It is Felt's personal life that creates the movie's emotional core, at first seeming irrelevant but actually paying off by movie's end more forcefully than the character's heroics. He's carrying a torch for his missing daughter Joan (Maika Monroe, in an understated turn), who brings in a serious subplot of the society's counterculture from the '60s and a different kind of terrorism than that confronting the nation and the FBI today. Felt's belated war against the Weather Underground and other leftist domestic groups is what proves to be his personal downfall, as he ends up resorting to horrible, illegal tactics just as his dreaded villain of a former co-worker Sullivan (smoothly played by instant bad guy Tom Sizemore) and innumerable Nixon cronies did. I found Felt's Jekyll & Hyde split personality traits of honor vs. expediency to be the core of the movie's subdued power.

    Casting of Monroe was a big help, as she closely resembles mom Diane Lane, the latter actress doing well in a very difficult role that suffers in Landesman's writing from a bit too many '50s/'60s clichés of the unfulfilled woman trapped in a marriage that rendered her totally subservient/dependent on her husband.

    NOTE: Previous review posted on IMDb is a trashing of the movie by someone who hadn't seen it -just assuming how bad and slanted it would be. I've wished this website would control such poor and distracting behavior by users -antithetical to the whole purpose of submitting reviews.
  • Just watched this biography, drama about the man who worked for the FBI for 31 years, and was the informer they called "deep throat' in the Watergate scandal, and downfall of a POTUS. Liam Neeson plays Mark Felt, and he does a superior job. If you are a political junkie like me, you will really like this movie, if not, you will probably be bored. But, not only very educational, I found it very good.
  • Warning: Spoilers
    This is the biopic of Mark Felt also code named "Deep Throat" by the Washington Post. The production concentrates on the internal workings of the FBI during this time as well as Felt's personal struggle to reunite with his daughter who ran away and joined a hippie commune. It starts about the time J. Edgar Hoover died.

    The film was timely in a sense as it eerily mirrors the Mueller investigation of the White House. You can't help but think about what is happening today. I am a sucker for history films and tend to over rate them. I would say "All the President's Men" was a superior film and an excellent counterpart.

    Guide: 1 F-word. No sex or nudity.
  • I don't know why viewers continue to cut down movies, writers and directors just because they take liberty with the facts. Hollywood does what it does to keep the action going and to make films interesting.

    How in the world do the previous reviewers know the facts? Most of them probably were children when Deep Throat occurred and have read and retained only stories about Felt that matched their own interpretations.

    Give Landesman a chance. Felt was the subject, Felt was one of the writers, Felt was the consultant. Only someone who was part of the actual situation is privileged to give his own interpretation.

    Face it, naysayers, interpretation is what life is all about, and we all need to just watch and see movies as another interpretation. Don't jump on the cast and director just because you don't like the interpretation.
  • Every history buff knows "Watergate" and the scandal that shook Washington and took down president "Nixon" and the term "Deep Throat" rings a bell with this issue. Well finally a film puts this person in showcase spotlight that being Mark Felt(good performance from Liam Neeson) the man who brought down the white house literally. The film is informative with the behind the scenes look at the interviews and investigations after the "Watergate" break ins and it's looked at first with doubt, cover up, skepticism, and not wanting to believe from not just the administration, but many agents who are close to Nixon want a cover up. However Mark Felt is the one agent who wants answers and the truth as he feels the need for honor and integrity. So this film is a well done investigative journey of the behind the scenes workings of the political game and it's under the table moves and ways of doing business, while it seeks truth and justice while bringing down those involved. Really if your a history buff this is a near perfect film to watch as it's informative.
  • SnoopyStyle14 February 2018
    Mark Felt (Liam Neeson) is the Associate Director of the FBI as the right-hand man of the legendary Hoover. He's considered the G-Men's G-Man. After Hoover's death, L. Patrick Gray is appointed the acting director over Felt despite his loyal 30 years career. His wife Audrey (Diane Lane) suggests resigning. They are still struggling with their estranged daughter Joan who had run away a year earlier. It's 1972 and there's a break-in at the Watergate. Felt is ordered to limit his investigation and he would become the infamous whistle blower Deep Throat.

    This could work as a companion piece to All The President's Men. Oddly enough, both extreme sides of the political spectrum would consider Felt a villain. One would consider him a traitor. The other would consider him a jackbooted militaristic police. Neither would find this movie fair and balanced. On the other hand, some today would find this very fitting. Neeson is a perfect sincere self-righteous FBI agent. This is one version of the man and allows a bit of insight. That is more than enough.
  • The Watergate scandal, which engulfed the entire American public at large, and the administration of president Richard Nixon, was the single greatest political scandal in U.S. history. But for a long time, one of the great mysteries of that scandal was that of the identity a mysterious informant who gave information about the scandal to writers Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward of the Washington Post, but was never identified by his real name, only by a code name called Deep Throat. This character, portrayed by Hal Holbrook in the 1976 classic ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN, was later revealed to be Mark Felt, a former top man inside the FBI dating back to the days when J. Edgar Hoover ruled the roost, and beyond Hoover's death in May 1972. Felt's own story has now been told in the gripping political drama MARK FELT: THE MAN WHO BROUGHT DOWN THE WHITE HOUSE.

    Liam Neeson portrays the long-time FBI executive who stands as a paragon of truth and integrity even as the FBI, by 1972, is still under the control of J. Edgar Hoover, as it had been since its founding in 1924. When Hoover dies, Neeson is thought to be the front-runner for the FBI director's post. Instead, however, that goes to Pat Gray (Martin Csokas), a law enforcement neophyte and, for lack of a better term, a glorified lackey to Nixon. Then comes June 17, 1972, the morning that five guys are caught with their hands in the cookie jar at the Democratic National Committee's headquarters inside the Watergate hotel. Neeson, still a senior adviser, is intent on having the FBI proceed with the investigation wherever it leads, and how far up in the government it goes; but Csokas only gives him 48 hours to finish the whole thing, then the bureau can wipe its hands off this so-called "third-rate burglary". Neeson, however, is undaunted; and very soon, under cover of anonymity, he gives things he knows from inside the bureau to Time Magazine writer Sandy Smith (Bruce Greenwood), and to Woodward (Julian Morris), who reveals to Neeson that he has been given the secret informant moniker of Deep Throat (the name being derived from the title of the notorious 1972 X-rated film).

    Torn between the pressure of being loyal to the FBI and wanting the truth to get out about Watergate, and the various mini-scandals surrounding it (including bugging and wiretapping of the enemies of Nixon being conducted by Nixon's little Plumbers task force), Neeson also must mend fences with his daughter (Maika Monroe), who had become part of the radical Weather Underground, the domestic ISIS/Al Qaeda of its time. When Neeson retires after thirty-one years of service, his revelations about Watergate have already started the ball rolling on the implosion of the Nixon administration. This is not to make Felt out to be a saint, however; he was convicted for his part in illegal activities against 60s radicals, and spent a year in prison, before being pardoned by Reagan in 1981, and then, shortly after his passing in 2005, having him be revealed as Deep Throat.

    Writer/director Peter Landesman, who also wrote and directed the 2015 sports drama CONCUSSION (about the NFL's attempt to cover up head injuries among their players for decades), brings a great deal out of this story, which may be two or three generations removed for 21st century audiences but which also seems as relevant as it was during the turbulent early and mid-1970s. Like ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN, MARK FELT's existence is not predicated on how and/or where the story ends, but how one gets to that end. Neeson's performance as Mark Felt is one of extreme gravitas, making it clear that, whatever else they might do, the FBI is supposed to be a totally independent body to investigate high crimes, and that, however secretly, Csokas' loyalty to a president who is morally bankrupt is forcing him to go rogue and be a whistleblower.

    Greenwood, Tony Goldwyn, and Tom Sizemore give very convincing performances in their roles; and the basic darkness of the story is well-established, as is the paranoia created by a presidency that trusts nobody, not even those in its inner circle, engulfs many people and morally compromises others, even, at times, Felt himself. At a time when Hollywood seems intent on avoiding good compelling stories that are based on events that are not as arcane or ancient as some like to make them out to be, MARK FELT: THE MAN WHO BROUGHT DOWN THE WHITE HOUSE is an important film of our time.
  • Peter Landesman wrote (with the book by Mark Felt) and directed this film that takes a solid look at the manner in which our government has been revealed as corrupt under certain (if not all) presidents. It is interesting that THE POST, covering the same bit of history, is released at present and that he story has been well told before (ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN). But where MARK FELT gains credence is in the comparison to our present day governmental scourge from the President through Congress and through all the aspects of the derring-do of Twitter-controlled fake news politics that plays like an endless bad comedy television show daily

    As has been outlined elsewhere, 'The Watergate scandal, which engulfed the entire American public at large, and the administration of president Richard Nixon, was the single greatest political scandal in U.S. history. But for a long time, one of the great mysteries of that scandal was that of the identity a mysterious informant who gave information about the scandal to writers Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward of the Washington Post, but was never identified by his real name, only by a code name called Deep Throat. This character was later revealed to be Mark Felt, a former top man inside the FBI dating back to the days when J. Edgar Hoover ruled the roost, and beyond Hoover's death in May 1972. The cast, led by an extraordinary performance by Liam Neeson, is pitch perfect - Diane Lane as Mark's wife, Marton Csokas, Tony Goldwyn, Josh Lucas, Michael C. Hall, Tome Sizemore, Bruce Greenwood, Noah Wylie, Ike Barinholtz, Brian d'Arcy James, Julian Morris, Eddie Marsan, Wayne Pere - each actor captures the essence of the characters they portray and make the movie speed by with finesse.

    Despite the ugly story of our history and the proximity to the present situation, this film is one that deserves a broad audience. History repeats itself.
  • I liked it as the film adds to the discourse of the Nixon years, the most turbulent times in modern American history. So if you like American politics and history, you'll appreciate the film, which has good acting from the main lead character Irishman Liam Neeson as well as the supportive actors and the always gorgeous Diane Lane as the tormented wife of Mark Felt did really good to me.

    Yes, it is true that there is a number of Americans, especially republicans who will forever hate the real Mark Felt, seeing him as the hugest rat and the most remarkable snitch who has ever walked on Earth, and ultimately as a who brought down the over-controlling presidency of Richard Nixon.

    Other will love Mark Felt as a brave man who had no choice but to become an anonymous informant to the Washington Post in order to make the American people know the truth about their president.

    Some others have even compared his actions to what in modern times have done Edgar Snowden, though snowden did not look for anonymity, Felt yes.

    Even though times and technology and the political climate was different, i could see some similarity, especially that you have to be too committed to your cause to do things like that... or totally crazy. I think Felt and snowden were both deeply committed to what they thought was right,and nobody can argue with that. Because in life, we all do what we thing we have to do, right?

    They followed their principles, weather they were right.. or wrong.

    That is up to anyone to make up their own mind.

    To me the film was a good film on modern American political history, and it touches journalism, ethics, the use of power and the insights of power in Washington, and what we see nowadays with trump just make us wonder if some mark felt would ever appear.

    However, at certain times a bit boring (just a bit) but that was due to the non-stop dialogue.

    I don't say that I will watch it again. Once is good and is enough, but I liked it. It was a good effort from the director Peter Landesman who also wrote it.. not surprisingly as landesman has been himself a journalist.

    If you have some free time, like American politics, have nothing else to do and are luck to have some couple extra bucks to spend, this movie is for you.
  • From the very beginning, in order to understand everything, you do have to pay close attention to each scene and dialogue. While the cutting in most areas of the movie is very precise and fine for the tone, there were a couple bits that seemed an odd transition. I found the story shown quite intriguing, though I have not looked in detail in the real-life story. The conclusion felt a bit anti-climatic, but it is an okay ending.

    I would consider this movie watchable if you enjoy a tense and a semi-complicated plot structure for a movie. I would even say it can be re-watched occasionally, though there is little humour displayed.
  • Astonishing: The most famous whistle blower in history gets his own docudrama, and it's a bit dull. Mark Felt (Liam Neeson), aka "Deep Throat," is tag lined in the movie's title as "the man who brought down the White House." The 2005 Vanity Fair article finally told the story, and this rendition hints at much intrigue left untold. It's the other side of All the President's Men but not nearly as well done.

    As the deputy associate director of the FBI, Felt knew so much that he couldn't be fired for fear he'd reveal all. Yes, he had control of Hoover's "private files" (lots of sexual indiscretions) after his death in 1972, and he had 31 years of service. To boot, he was a straight arrow whom the dirty tricksters in the White House should have feared.

    So how could this be a dull story? In the first place, the secret actions by the Watergate burglars and the foul machinations of Nixon's henchmen are barely exposed as drama. More importantly, the seminal investigative gymnastics of Woodward and Bernstein are skimmed over in favor of a Dustin Hoffman lookalike (Julian Morris) as Woodward (Redford played it in All) looking star struck when Felt begins his covert revelations. More integral is Sandy Smith (Bruce Greenwood) of Time Magazine as felt unloads info on him as well.

    While we are left with a Cliff's Notes superficial version of the events leading to Nixon's resignation, we endure the domestic dilemmas of a boozy wife (Diane Lane) disappointed that Felt was passed over for director and a missing daughter, embarrassingly attached to a commune, we find out eventually. In the latter detail rests a better story of how Felt investigated Weatherman activities with a conflict of interest angle related to his daughter. (Reagan commuted Felt's sentence for unauthorized searches).

    That is to say, there is so much action in those early '70's related to Tricky Dick that the movie seems to leave behind as it gets the right angles for its many Neeson close-ups. More close-ups of the FBI activity would have been better. All the President's Men and Spotlight are far better giving you the daily details leading to their disclosures.

    But, hey, it is instructive to see that 45 years ago, the FBI asserted its independence from the White House. It had a sleazy administration to buck, all the more reason to fight the good fight. If you think there is resonance today with James Comey's firing, then hope for a Deep Throat. Looks like there are candidates already working out there.
  • The opening of the film lead me to believe deep secrets would unfold. Mark Felt (Liam Neeson) encounters his former colleague Bill Sullivan (Tom Sizemore) and they exchange words recapping what appears to be a professional rivalry for the viewer's benefit. This film is an historical drama about men (FBI employees) whose job is to analyze every detail and research and report discrepancies. There are times when things do not add up. Mark often comments, "The President has no power over the FBI."

    Given this film is created from Felt's 2006 autobiography and published a year after he revealed his identity as "Deep Throat" to Vanity Fair, the film does not deliver on the juicy details and unveiling I expected. The most appealing part of the movie is the historical retrospective of the film. At times, the details are unappealing, as the characters are hard to follow. The film flows well, although it took me a few minutes to determine which characters were members of the FBI and who else was in the room. As the film moves on, the characters develop into an amazing working team. I empathized with Mark Felt throughout the film. I felt the Director could have given us more insight into the walls of the institution where Felt worked for 31 years, and whose integrity he sought to protect from the interference of the Nixon White House officials.

    When J. Edgar Hoover dies and Felt is passed over for his position, L. Patrick Gray III (Marton Csokas), a close Nixon ally, replaces Hoover as head of the FBI. Mark's integrity and hard work for more than 30 years are overlooked by the good-old-boy White House network. Leadership knows Mark is dangerous, given what he knows. When the Watergate break-in occurs, the FBI demands a 48-hour wrap and Mark knows this is the beginning of the end of the position he has served loyally and with integrity, even if he decides that spilling secrets is the best way to protect the FBI and manage his way out of an unmanageable situation.

    While the office scenes are bland and the meetings with Bob Woodward (Julian Morris) in the parking garage seem contrived, there is substantial interest during sessions with Time Magazine's reporter Sandy Smith (Bruce Greenwood), who realizes Mark Felt is breaking his tight-lipped manner as Felt finally gives way. He tells Mark, "The FBI must be terrified of you." The characters are hard-hitting FBI employees. Their job is to serve and protect, even if it means keeping secrets to protect their peers, boss or the White House administration. For the most part, the characters are seen as positive stand-up men. It is only when Mark Felt makes a decision that we see his character stray, yet it is portrayed with shocking beauty. This film, based on true-facts, is brilliant. Many times, I found myself wanting to research more about this era, and the real men portrayed in the film.

    The movie works hard to humanize Mark Felt, his family and fellow G-men. The subplot family story is warm, while most of Mark Felt's career interactions are harsh and direct. The film challenges the viewer's memory of historical facts. Is he a hero or a villain? Whatever you see, there is no doubt Mark Felt is the most impactful whistle-blower in American history so far. Many times, the film appears black and white and a bit grainy. In order to capture the times, I believe this is purposeful. As with any sleuth-type film, the graininess adds to the mystery. Another sign of the times, excessive smoking. While a total turn-off to this reviewer, it was prevalent in the 70s. The historical retrospective of this dark time in American history is invaluable. As the story unfolds, I was glued to the screen. The burden and power of the American landscape is presented in contrast with dark figures who believe secrets are best kept.

    This film, with very adult themes, showcases a moment in history which is almost anti-climatic. The story focuses on the Watergate break-ins of the 70s and the ways and means the White House and other organizations lived and worked with secrets. Dare we say it parallels politics today? Because of the subject matter and fine details of "who's who" in the puzzle of facts, I recommend this only for mature teens. Many adults will find this tale riveting, especially those old enough to be aware of Nixon's presidency in the 70s. I recommend this film for ages 16 to 18 and give it 4 out of 5 stars. This film may prompt teens to research more about Mark Felt and his place in history. Reviewed by Kimbirly O., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror
  • God! I wish this was Taken 4!:

    I know I know, this is not met to be anywhere near the action packed "man with many skills" thrillers that the great Liam Neeson has become so well known for. This was met to be a dramatic turn that actors of his caliber take for the fulfilling challenge of the craft. You know what the real challenge is? Sitting through this slow burn.

    I could not believe this movie was only an hour and forty three minutes, it felt like I was sitting in that seat for a lifetime watching the dullest investigation I have ever seen. The crappy part is that the movie is so focus on the performance of Neeson as Mark Felt that they don't even bother really going through the investigation of Watergate. You would think that would be good considering the movie is called Mark Felt, but in reality , the movie tells you nothing about the man. I feel like I have very little insight into him, even when they did detours into his life with his wife , played by the beautiful Diane Lane, and his estrange relationship with his daughter of which he uses FBI resources to resolve.

    It's one of the most famous scandals in history. Not that I was that much interested in it from a entertainment standpoint, but I'm really surprise this movie did nothing to at least spark a little interest. It was so dull, sooooo dull and they met for it to be that dull. You can tell from the dark gloomy colors and the fact that they did not use music to give the effect of suspense, and unfortunately, no one's acting (not even Neeson) was good enough to support this illusion of lack of effort the movie is trying to give.

    Skip this one man, read a book if you want to learn about Mark Felt. Hopefully the set in the 80s sequel were the Soviets take Felt's daughter and he uses his FBI skills to get her back will be a lot better.
  • chiumt12 May 2019
    For those who like dramas, especially political dramas. There is little action, so it is not everyone's cup of tea. But the acting is believable, and the drama is informative. It is a film I would watch again
  • Warning: Spoilers
    Many movies have been made of the events surrounding the Watergate scandal, All the King's Men probably being the most famous one. Mark Felt falls somewhere in the alright section amongst them. Liam Neeson, playing Mark himself, is the carrying force here. It solely focuses on the scandal from Mark's perspective, stripping away almost everything else. It's not necessarily a bad thing since the subject matter has been tackled in film before.

    Something is still missing here, something that would have wowed me. It's a story a man who's torn between his loyalty to an institution that he has served for many years and his frustration of the corruption and the filth that is taking over it. There certainly is some of it here, but it seems that the more factual based storytelling plays a bigger role here. Luckily Neeson's portrayal of Mark Felt keeps the whole thing afloat and makes it an interesting watch.
  • Warning: Spoilers
    Everyone knows the scandal but not many know the man who was responsible was a number 2 at the FBI and that makes for a promising start. After all the whistle blower's point of view should be more exciting than the reporter's point of view as in All the President's Men. With Assange and Snowden and Chelsea Manning it seemed quite relevant to bring this sort of thing up again. The sinister White House powers against the independence of the FBI and Liam Neeson's shining integrity are quite interesting at first. But the posturing doesn't lead to much. I felt I didn't learn that much more beyond these two facts. The most disappointing thing was the final reveal that brought down Nixon seemed like an anti climax.

    Diane Lane as long suffering wife looks young again and so does Scandal's Tony Goldwyn as an FBI men in a suit. Another suit is played by Josh Lucas. It's good that familiar faces are in these supporting roles so the viewer can recognize them quickly. Liam himself is fine if a bit haggard looking - hope this was just make up for the role.

    It's not a waste of time but it isn't a must watch.
  • In his role as "Deep Throat," former FBI agent Mark Felt passed information to the Washington Post and helped reveal the Watergate scandal — when men connected to the Nixon White House burgled and wiretapped the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee in 1972 — as well as other episodes of corruption in the Nixon era. However, the concept of Deep Throat has often overshadowed the real man. With the biopic Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House, here's more about who he truly was: before, during and after his time as Deep Throat.
  • I just wasn't feeling it to be honest, Liam Neeson was obviously faultless and everything was in the films favour, acting production but it was just a bit dull really.... Not being an American but having 'some' knowledge and interest in the Watergate scandal I kept watching it just for the knowledge really, but even then it felt like it came up short.... I feel like maybe I am doing the film an injustice by not being American, maybe I would have appreciated it more if I was and had a better background of the scandal itself, therefore I could appreciate the man more.
  • Really enjoyed it, it's no action packed drama but neither were the events outlined. Its like the scandal, it unravels slowly but in a good way. It also highlights why conspiracy theories don't stand the test of time, the more involved the less likely it'll be kept secret. Also the fact any President had better tread carefully with the FBI & CIA, these guys can & will fight dirty if you trespass on their domains - the 2 states that never got added to that flag.
  • Liam nesson my all time favorite actor

    well let me tell u about this movie "mark felt" great movie and awesome performens by liam and other actor too

    guyz if u love spy things then watch it now
  • I love spy movies, the realist ones, not the adventure ones (like James Bond, for instance). These are usually slow paced, but interesting. "Mark Felt" is slow paced (some may say too slow), but boring, insipid. In the first minutes of the film one already realizes who Mark Felt is and what implication he had in the Watergate case, thereafter, the obvious.

    "Mark Felt" lacks the charm that usually characterizes this kind of films, at least, the best ones.
  • Having lived through the Nixon years, I was hoping for a more complete All The Presidents Men. Knowing now the name of Deep Throat, I was looking for cinematic greatness (or at least some entertainment) in the retelling of this important story. The historical accuracy was my only reward. Mark Felt is a movie worth watching, but as a documentary and not as a compelling movie. The Nixon years were a time when a ruthless, suspicious, narcissistic psychopath looked to consolidate the power of the presidency and move our nation towards an imperial democracy. Anyone see any possible parallels to current events? Mark Felt as a man belongs on a short list of patriots who stepped up at a critical moment in American history, much like Patrick Henry or (more controversially) Edward Snowden. Instead, we got a historically accurate but dramatically deficient movie that will be quickly forgotten. Like most reviewers on IMDB, I am ignorant of how movies are truly made. I cannot say who bears responsibility for making this an average film. The director? The writer? Liam Neeson leads an able cast and does a good job. The true story was an emotional cliffhanger, with the stakes being the highest since the Civil War. Nixon was a man elected president who wanted to become a dictator. Mark Felt and the Washington Post took him on almost singlehandedly, and saved the Constitution. This story needs to be retold. Mark Felt, The Man Who Brought Down the White House, doesn't come close to capturing the real life drama and importance of this OMG moment in our nation's history.
  • Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House, is unfortunately a prime example of a case where you have a film dealing with real people and events that in the right and most capable of hands could potentially have turned into a riveting and overall fantastic movie given the fact that the overall subject matter and the real events and surroundings are fascinating in their own right and yet unfortunately the crew behind this film turn what could have been a truly mesmerizing film into a dull and ultimately lifeless piece of film. The film if you do not already know, is based upon the famous whistle blower who helped convict and later turned in secret evidence concerning then President Richard Nixon's association with the Watergate Scandal and how that ended his second term as President of the United States with him resigning as commander and chief which was probably a smart move because otherwise he would have been impeached. As anyone who is familiar with my reviews knows that I have a deep and passionate interest in politics and not just in my home country of Canada, but overall across the globe. I was not even born yet when Nixon was in office, or this whole scandal occurred, but I was nonetheless very familiar with it from my childhood days of reading old Doonesbury comic strips amongst the countless films and pieces of media that have been made upon the subject. The story and subject matter in itself is a fascinating one and was even made into the award winning, All the President's Men back in the 70's. And yet here the cast and crew do not seem to know how to approach this material and one of their biggest faults is turning what could have been an endlessly fascinating film into one of the most dull and I will say boring films of this, or any number of recent years. The film has a screenplay that seems to suffer from lack of ambition on all and every account. The film takes Mark Felt and makes him dull, boring and not a character who captures, or maintains the least amount of interest among the viewers. Neither do the side characters as well, they all feel very uninspired and in search of a better film to have been made about them. Most people probably know most if not all of the things that lead up to Nixon's resignation as well as the Watergate Scandal itself and this film manages to tell it in a way that seems to be flailing all over the place with no true direction, or end in sight. It takes what should be a simple and straightforward story and makes it jumbled and confusing which doesn't add much to the fact that the film is an outright bore in every other area. Even some subplots including Felt's missing daughter have no emotional impact, or any lasting interest upon the viewers because the characters have not been developed well enough for us to be invested in them, or care really one iota about what is going on when in fact in reality these were fascinating things and yet everything this film touches seems to be made wooden, lifeless and in bad need of resuscitation. I also can not give any accolades to the acting because it also is all over the place with some of the actors going too over the top with their performances, some who look like they are sleepwalking throughout the course of the film and others whose performances are so hammy that the Golden Raspberry Awards do not have to look far for some of it's worst performance of the year awards. One of the film's major problems is it's screenplay because it simply does not seem to know how to tell this story, to deliver a simple and yet effective plot line without making it all confusing and muddled and these characters all seem so one dimensional and we neither care about them, or what is happening to them and this is a film that is less than two hours in length and yet because it is so meandering and meaningless the film seems like it is coasting on autopilot for eternity leaving us sleeping in the backseat. This is a film that could have been potentially great in the right hands and yet as it stands it will remain a film that will not rouse even the least bit of interest and feels amateurishly done in the worst way possible. In other words, avoid like the plague.
  • Warning: Spoilers
    "Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House" (this title is a bit too sensational for my liking, almost works against the idea and subject this way, just "Felt" would have been much better) is a new 100-minute movie and the most recent release by writer and director Peter Landesman. After collaborating with Will Smith and Oprah previously, his lead actor is Oscar nominee Liam Neeson. He plays the man whose books were also taken as the basis for this movie here: Mark Felt and the film's title already gives away the basis of the film here as he is the one who massively contributed to bringing down Richard Nixon as a consequence of the Watergate affair. By the way, the real Felt died less than a decade ago and he was the associate director of the FBI already under the lead of Hoover. This is referenced early on in this film too, but after Hoover's death the film is all about the title character for sure. And how he deals with issues in his professional as well as private lives. The latter refers to his marriage as well as the apparently complicated relationship with his daughter, but I must say that this was executed really not well at all. It was totally rushed in to be honest and I don't know if they were really expecting an emotional reaction from the audience too when Felt finds his daughter in the end. It was pretty embarrassing and should have been left out completely.

    Luckily with the connection to the FBI and Deep Throat and Watergate, the film does a much better job, but this is of course also the key story. I think Neeson did a pretty good job overall, even if it is a bit sad to see him aged that hard. Still, it is probably not a performance or movie that will get a great deal of attention from the Oscars, probably none at all. But why? It's dealing with one of the crucial events from 20th century American politics. It's difficult to say why. Maybe because most of the supporting players, if not all of them, were somewhat underwhelming and with that I don't mean the performances, but the material they were given. The best example is Eddie Marsan, a really versatile actor, who was reduced to a one-scene character. Maybe it was that they would not take any attention away from Neeson. By the way, Michael C. Hall (Dexter) is in it too, even if almost unrecognizable. While telling an interesting story, I still feel that the whole subject is still not 100% clear with what was going on behind the scenes that I would say that this hurts the film's overall perception a bit too. It's tough to make a revealing movie when not everything is actually revealed. Ironically enough, the subject itself is also about revelations back then already. So yes, it wasn't a bad watch, but I think the subject offered a lot more than they managed to achieve here. It's not among the list of the defining and best edge-of-seat political thrillers from recent years. Quite a pity indeed. Nonetheless, I still give it a thumbs-up, a cautious one though as the last pretty great scene and shot can't make me forget about the great deal of mediocrity before. Politics may not really be Landesman's thing. If you like Neeson or the genre, preferably both, then you probably won't be disappointed here.
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