Complicit is a Channel 4 drama now released on DVD by Delta Home Entertainment. It stars David Oyelewo (Danny from Spooks) and is a more realistic telling of the “war on terror” being fought by Great Britain’s internal security service MI5; well certainly more realistic than Spooks or anything James Bond related anyway!
Instead of just being “all guns blazing” and running around “saving the world” the plot revolves around Edward Ekubo (David Oyelewo) working as an MI5 Intelligence Officer who believes that “suspect” Waleed Ahmed, who has been under surveillance for three years is involved in an imminent launch of a terror attack on British soil.
The film revolves around the process Edward has to go through in dealing with Waleed and the subject of torture comes up as a means to “acquire” the information they need to prevent the terror attack. Edward finds the whole bureaucratic process of bringing Waleed to “ground” to be incredibly tortuous and slow despite the fact that the terror attack could happen anytime. The film raises the subject of the ethical treatment of terror suspects and whether it is torture is ever “right.” Having said that, Spooks this isn’t, this is more “real”, this is more what life is like for the security services in reality. You won’t see people running around chasing villains along the London Embankment, cars blowing up, CCTV cameras zooming in on snipers an all that. This film is more of a “thinker” and that’s what I like about it. Don’t get me wrong I liked Spooks but “realistic” Spooks isn’t …. As for Complicit:
I give it 8 out of 10.