Based on the bestseller by Ben MacIntyre and directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker John Madden, El arma del engaño (Operación Mincemeat), starring Colin Firth, Oscar winner for The King’s Speech, and featuring Emmy winner Kelly Macdonald, Matthew Macfadyen, Penelope Wilton, Johnny Flynn and Jason Isaacs, openened in cinemas yesterday.
The film tells the extraordinary true story of the most successful war disinformation operation in history that changed the course of World War II. The year is 1943. The Allies are determined to end Hitler’s grip on occupied Europe and plan an all-out assault on Sicily. But they face an impossible challenge: how to protect their troops from massacre during an invasion of enormous proportions. The operation depends on two brilliant intelligence officers, Ewen Montagu (Colin Firth) and Charles Cholmondeley (Matthew Macfadyen) who devise the most outlandishly clever disinformation strategy of the war, centred on the most unlikely secret agent: a dead man.