Great movie, great retrospective for those of us that were THERE! Superb acting by Liam Neeson! I was surprised that he was playing the title role of such A very AMERICAN historical moment, and especially in such a rigidly defined persona as an FBI agent of that era would have been. But he can absolutely do ANYTHING, and make it utterly convincing.
The movie itself is absolutely riviting. It was fascinating to see the OTHER side of "All the President's Men," some 40-odd years later. Never, in my wildest dreams, would I (or anyone else, in 1972/74) ever, believe that the leak came from the upper echelon of the FBI! For someone who had devoted a lifetime to keeping the most important secrets of the nation under wraps, this must have required incredible courage, incredible internal strength, and a sense of faith in knowing that he was doing the right thing (in the end). The movie portrayed the anguish that Mr. Felt must have suffered, not just having his orderly work world fall apart, but seeing his country coming unglued at the seams all around him by day, then going home to relationships that were crumbling and broken by night.
This was a very complex story to tell, with so much going on all around the central characters, and I think that the movie succeeded admirably. I actually FELT as if I were back in those confusing, unnerving days as I watched it. The mood was set up exactly as it felt during that time.