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(Matt John­son, U. S./Canada). 94 min­utes. Rat­ing: NNN

Matt John­son’s fol­low-up to The Dir­ties is an odd choice for Hot Docs: it’s not a doc­u­men­tary, but a con­spir­acy thriller set in the late 60s that fol­lows a pair of ju­nior CIA agents (writer/di­rec­tor John­son and his Dir­ties co-star Owen Wil­liams) as they at­tempt to out a Rus­sian mole at NASA and wind up fak­ing the Apollo 11 moon land­ing.

John­son and his crew shot clan­des­tinely on real lo­ca­tions (in­clud­ing NASA’s Texas com­plex and Mis­sion Con­trol it­self) to achieve a com­pelling doc­u­men­tary ef­fect, and the story’s con­ceit is clever enough that it’s easy to for­give the fact that John­son is re­peat­ing the ex­act same story beats of The Dir­ties in a new con­text, and even play­ing the same ex­citable, morally am­biva­lent char­ac­ter.

It’s a fun movie, and John­son’s comic tim­ing is as sharp as his tech­ni­cal fa­cil­ity. But I re­ally hope he does some­thing dif­fer­ent on his next pic­ture. NW Apr 29, 9:45 pm, Bloor Hot Docs

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