Operation Mincemeat

I have watched this movie once. This was on .


During WWII, two intelligence officers use a corpse and false papers to outwit German troops.

Operation Mincemeat


This starts off at a rather glacial pace, with the setup of the operation taking up over half the runtime. This builds the tension to an unfathomable level once the pieces are moving.

Like the practice of "intelligence", there were a lot of unknowns – the sequence with the briefcase in Spain was confusing – which mirrors the world they inhabit.

There were massive stakes upon which their success rested, with dire consequences to thousands of soldiers if they failed. The movie explored this aspect well, but also added some smaller personal conflicts which helped ground many of the characters and their actions.

The screenplay cleverly intertwined stories from the characters' favourite novels and their personal relationships with the fictional story they needed to concoct and make real. An interesting tidbit was the inclusion of Ian Fleming, a Lieutenant Commander, who is best known for writing the James Bond novels.

It's a little longer than it needs to be, but the final 20 minutes are truly captivating.