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Movie Review | A Call to Spy: A heartfelt ode to the WWII heroes

A Call to Spy remembers some of those ‘real’ heroes of WWII in a story that certainly was waiting to be told.

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A Call to Spy movie review is here. The 2019 American historical drama film written and produced by Sarah Megan Thomas and directed by Lydia Dean Pilcher is inspired by the true stories of three women who worked as spies in Churchill’s Secret Army. A Call to Spy stars Sarah Megan Thomas, Radhika Apte and Stana Katic. A Call to Spy was released in the United States on October 2, 2020, in theaters and on video on demand.

A Call to Spy will be streaming on Prime Video from December 11, 2020.

A Call to Spy review

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Virginia Hall (Sarah Megan Thomas) an American with a wooden leg, Vera Atkins (Stana Katic) a refugee settled in England and Noor Inayat Khan (Radhika Apte) an Indian-Russian princess and an expert wireless operator. Meet these ordinary women of star, writer and producer Sarah Megan Thomas in Lydia Dean Pilcher helmed A Call to Spy – a song of ode for the WWII heroes that comes with a different code in the period world war/anti nazi/ sagas.

Sarah Megan Thomas researched script and Lydia Dean Pilcher’s able narration builds this American historical drama on the real vulnerability and fear of ordinary people under deadly and difficult circumstances gaining extra courage and coming out as a triumph.

A feminist twist to the traditional well trained/equipped/debonair male dominated espionage/spy dramas with a kiss and hug to humanism, A Call to Spy is based on the real stories of some of the women among those first recruits of Churchill’s Secret Army – the Special Operations Executive (SOE).

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The engrossing two hour four minute movie focuses on the story of Virginia, Noor and Vera. While Virginia acts as the main spy – planning and executing the orders from Britain against the deadly Gestapo in France.

Noor has to remain constantly alert in changing her locations for sending the signals/messages to Britain without getting caught on the German radar.

The movie scores primarily on its emotional bonding and the historic sweep. The writer director smartly stay away from the populist mainstream manipulation like romance, heavy duty pulse rising action, blood and gore (its WWII and anti Nazi).

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The performances of the actors are stellar.

Sarah Megan Thomas leads the way with an exceptional act. Outstanding.

Stana Katic seems to be walking right from the frame of classic 40’s cinema in all her poise and elegance. Marvelous.

Noor Inayat Khan is a pious picture of hope/change wrapped in fear and innocence. Incredible.

If you are a lover of WWII sagas/period thrillers/anti Nazi cinema then this one is surely for your grabs. A Call to Spy remembers some of those ‘real’ heroes of WWII in a story that certainly was waiting to be told.

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