You never realize how much trouble documents can get you into until you watch these eight movies where documents changed the course of the plot. Presidents, mafias, government agencies, and big corporations like to keep certain information secret but the protagonists in most of these movies try to make the information public. If you haven’t seen any of these films, grab some popcorn and watch, you will love them.
This is one of those mind-bending movies from Christopher Nolan you can watch and it involves documents on so many dream levels that involves stealing, forging, and more. There’s a possibility that even those who claim to “get” it, probably don’t. You could start a big argument simply by bringing up Inception in a conversation. The basics that everyone can agree on though are that Leonardo DiCaprio plays a thief who can enter people’s dreams and steal their thoughts and important documents. (That thought makes me very suspicious of anyone in my dream!)
Anyway, Dom, (DiCaprio) is offered a chance to redeem himself if he can carry out an impossible mission. He has to implant a thought into the mind of a rich man’s son (played by Cillian Murphy as Robert Fischer) so he can dissolve the father’s company. This is where it gets confusing as Dom and his team are in and out of dreams. It’s one of those movies you watch more than once and every time, you see something new.
The Will (document) locked up in a safe along with the pinwheel in Fischer’s dying father’s room (a key part of the plot) is actually a thought implanted in his sub-conscious level!
There are two kinds of people in this world, those that love National Treasure and those that don’t know what a great movie it is even if it grossed $11 million on its opening day. What is there not to love about a movie starring Nicolas Cage with his infectious enthusiasm? Also, it was a relief to see one movie where Sean Bean doesn’t die spectacularly. Although the plot is extremely fictitious (I mean, really how can someone steal the Declaration of Independence?) it is captivating with a few good lines to remember like:
Both the first movie and its sequel involve documents that pretty much determine the direction of the movie. The first document was the Declaration of Independence and the second one was a book of secrets.
Agent Hunt has been thrilling audiences since 1996 with daredevil stunts. In the first installment, he had to retrieve a top-secret file from a building more guarded than the pentagon, and that made for one of the best if not the best scenes of Mission Impossible. Of course, there must be hackers out there wondering why he had to go through all that trouble when he could have asked one of them to hack into the system? Well, it was 1996 and we still used floppy disks to store data so Ethan Hunt had to be suspended on a wire and lowered from the roof into the building with a floor that would set off an alarm if anything touched it. The audience is kept on the edge of their seats when he is lowered too fast and stops just inches off the floor and just when you think the crisis is averted, a drop of sweat runs down his face and heads for the floor but less than a second before it lands on the floor, he catches it.
Phew! So he finally retrieves the file and becomes a target and many people die because of that document. The document was a file containing names of secret agents working for the “bad guys.”
This is a Steven Spielberg movie, so no doubt it is captivating. It is described as the bravest film of our time. The Post is about the Washington Post’s daring move to release incriminating documents that prove the US government is lying to the citizens about the war in Vietnam. The Washington Post dares to defy the president who has already shut down the New York Times effort to get this secret document published. Despite a clear order from President Nixon not to publish the document, the publication takes a brave stand and shows the world they report the news not read about it. Tom Hanks Plays Editor Bradlee, a decisive unstoppable idealist who risks jail time or worse to ensure the nation gets to know the truth. The documents here included are the top-secret Pentagon Papers and transcripts that implicate the president.
Can you imagine going against the FBI and the Mafia and beating both of them at their own games? Mitch McDeere, played by Tom Cruise is a young lawyer employed by a big firm that seems to take extra care of their employees. Mitch gets sucked into the lavish lifestyle the firm offers until he finds out no-one joins the firm and leaves it alive, he also discovers his bosses are the kind of people you do not want to cross. Yet, he crosses them and doesn’t stop at that, he crosses the FBI who are putting him on the pressure to violate lawyer, client privilege. You can never guess what to expect will happen and the movie keeps you on the edge of your seat right to the very end. The documents in this movie are various files with important information and Mitch had to piece them together.
Another legal drama with a simple nobody going against the big corporations and beating them. The difference here is that it is based on a true story. It's hard not to associate Julia Roberts with romantic comedy and in the beginning, you would think that is what it would be as we are introduced to a foul-mouthed Erin and her wardrobe and he romance with the boy next door. However as the movie develops, you are sucked in by the storyline. It is hard to find a movie based on a true story that can be described as a feel-good movie, but this one is. First, when she discovers the document about chromium poisoning which was being kept a secret and you see the people whose lives have been affected, you are angered and wish you could do something to help Erin Brockovich who seems to be getting frustrated all through. It’s a movie about personal struggle and fighting for what is right and in the end, there is a warm feeling you get when things work out. The document in this movie that changed the plot was a file containing evidence that the corporations knew about the poisoning all along.
In life, we may be moved to believe that people within powerful institutions of government are monsters guarding deep dark secrets. Wait, that’s what this 2019 movie proves, but it also shows that not all of them are like that. Official Secrets is the story of yet another Whistleblower blowing the lead on NSA activities. Katherine Gun is the British General Communications employee who leaked an email containing a document (memo) that exposes the craftiness of British Prime Minister Tony Blair, American President George Bush, and both country’s agencies NSA and GCH in the run-up to the Iraq Invasion. This movie fills you with inspiration and hope yet at the same time demoralizes and enrages you. It is a crime drama that will leave you asking so many questions in the end.