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Benedict Cumberbatch as Dominic Cummings
Rory Kinnear as Craig Oliver
Mark Gatiss as Peter Mandelson
Kyle Soller as Zack Massingham
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Reviewed by AlsExGal 9 / 10

The downside of ubiquitous communication devices and platforms..

... in that your social media data can not just be harvested to sell you hats and hamburgers, but sell you misinformation literally tailored to you for political campaigns as well.

This is the tale of the 2016 referendum on Brexit- the vote in the UK to leave the European Union. Specifically it is a portrait of one man, Dominic Cummings (Benedict Cumberbatch), the director of the "Leave" campaign, or the campaign to exit the EU. I wasn't sure why the side story of the Cummings marriage and pregnancy was included at first, but later it becomes clear that Cummings would have come across as a statistician/political version of House, M.D. if that humanizing story was not present.

Cummings enlists the help of a tiny Canadian IT company - Aggregate IQ - to do data mining of social media for the "Leave" campaign, and they come up with three million potential Brexit voters that the "Remain" campaign (campaign to remain in the EU) knows nothing about. Cummings' strategy involves tenets of Sun Tzu's "Art of War" , specifically forcing the "Remain" campaign to "fight in the darkness", or wherever the "Leave" campaign chose them to fight. Specifically Britain has an equal time policy when it comes to political messages. So the Remain campaign would have a Nobel prize winning economist explaining the downside to leaving the EU in complex terms, and then the Leave side would talk about millions of Turks possibly emigrating to the UK, forcing the Remain side to waste time on trying to debunk that message.

It is up the viewer as to whether this tale is humorous or frightening, I think it is a little bit of both. On the frightening side you have political campaigns becoming the equivalent of the evil presence in the 1982 film Poltergeist - it knows what scares you. On the humorous side you see the frustration of the Remain side as the Leave side will simply not play by the rules. And kudos to the guy playing Boris Johnson. He looked just like him.

I'm only knocking one point off this almost perfect film because it had quite a bit of stuff that the viewer was just assumed to know. For example it kept talking about "MPs". In the US that is "Military Police". In the UK it is "Members of Parliament". I should not have to search Wikipedia in order to completely understand a film, but overall that is a minor complaint.

Highly recommended,and this is NOT a piece of propaganda.

Reviewed by jlgeis-1 9 / 10

A superb film despite its liberal leaning

Other reviewers praise or knock this film based on whether they supported Leave or Remain.

But this is a great film because (1) the plot, characters, acting and pace are superb and (2) it illuminates the role data analytics now play in politics (and all advertising). Like it or not, DA is here to stay because it is extraordinarily more efficient in delivering a message effectively.

The key elements of the Leave/Remain debate in these reviews can be boiled down to 3 incidents in the film (1) the line "Obama led the way," (2) the Remain focus group which descends into anarchy and complete honesty with a housewife sobbing about having been completely abandoned by her country's economy and culture (whose views are shared by at least 3 others in the group), and (3) the aftermath of the focus group in which the Remain campaign leader concludes that the feelings of the Leave voters are due not to them having valid complaints, but because the Leave leaders must have been waging their campaign surreptitiously for 20 years.

The pièce de résistance of sophistry is the single card disclosure at the end that the Mercer family is tied to both data analytics companies used by the Leave campaign. Data analytics is a tool that was used by Obama (a liberal) and by the Leave campaign (conservatives). It would make as much sense to blame the hardware company that made their laptops or phones.

There are some movies that are worth seeing despite their political bias and preaching - this is one of them.

Reviewed by micktagg-387-402568 10 / 10

This wasn't about Brexit this is about the end of truth

What came out was how people can be manipulated one way or another. Due to 'Spin' by all the political parties and a media that despises all other authority figures or organization except themselves have now destroyed trust in the public arena. As they said in the film 'we used the EU as a political punch bag so much over the past 40 years no one will now listen to the truth". This goes for: MMR vaccines, Global Warming, GM crops and now the EU. As Gove said 'People are sick of listening to experts'. Just think how bad that sounds! Brexit has opened Pandora's box and I don't think they know to put all this back. remember Joe Cox, this is what our country has become.

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