Adapted from Joseph Conrad’s novel, this spy thriller set in 1894 London centers on Verloc (Bob Hoskins), who harbors a bigger secret than the porn photos he sells: He’s an anarchist and an operative for the Russian government. But when he botches an attempt to blow up the Greenwich Observatory, it sets in motion events that sweep the guilty and the guiltless into the jaws of justice. Patricia Arquette, Jim Broadbent and Robin Williams co-star.
Christopher James Hampton, CBE, FRSL (born 26 January 1946) is a British playwright, screen writer and film director. He is best known for his play based on the novel Les Liaisons dangereuses and the film version Dangerous Liaisons (1988) and also more recently for writing the nominated screenplay for the film adaptation of Ian McEwan’s Atonement.
Hampton was born in Faial, Azores, to British parents Dorothy Patience (née Herrington) and Bernard Patrick Hampton, a marine telecommunications engineer for Cable & Wireless. His father’s job led the family to subsequently settle in Aden and Alexandria in Egypt and later Hong Kong and Zanzibar. The Suez Crisis in 1956 necessitated that the family flee under cover of darkness, leaving their possessions behind.
After a prep school at Reigate, Hampton went to the independent boarding school Lancing College at the age of 13, where he won house colours for boxing and distinguished himself as a sergeant in… read more
Philip Glass's score is one of his greatest works. However, I had only heard the score and until last night had never seen the movie. On its own, the score is terrific; when paired with the movie, it's just audio wallpaper for this muddled adaptation. Robin Williams as the Professor is the greatest thing here that cannot be abstracted from the film itself, and I wonder why he was uncredited.