Our Brand is Crisis Review

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sandra Bullock Sandra Bullock
Billy Bob Thornton Billy Bob Thornton
Anthony Mackie Anthony Mackie
Ben
Joaquim de Almeida Joaquim de Almeida
Castillo
Ann Dowd Ann Dowd
Nell
Scoot McNairy Scoot McNairy
Buckley
Zoe Kazan Zoe Kazan
LeBlanc

Plot- A battle-hardened American political consultant is sent to help re-elect a controversial president in Bolivia, where she must compete with a long-term rival working for another candidate.

Review- What is this?

Is it a comedy? Because it’s not funny.

Is it a satire of American electoral tactics played out across a South American backdrop? Because it’s not particularly insightful or witty.

Is it a dramatization of a documentary of a true story? Then why does it feel so by the numbers?

Leading the pack is a seriously miscast Sandra Bullock (who’s characters name I never did quite manage to catch) who is trying and failing to channel Carrie from Homeland instead of playing yet another ‘kooky’ Sandra Bullock character….

The film feels by the numbers, it’s completely unfocused drifting from scenes of discussing how to nobble another candidate with a rumor to a scene of characters falling over. Even in scenes where the characters are meant to be drunk and out of control they seem to restrained, especially Bullock. And it doesn’t quite seem sure what it’s message is.  Is American style politics the future? Does that make it a good or bad thing? And why doesn’t this film seem to have any of it’s own dialogue?

No, seriously roughly 60% of the dialogue in this film is quotes from Sun Zu, Gobbels and on and on and on. It doesn’t seem to have anything of it’s own to say.

On the other hand, the film is completely mad with more than a few moments that I couldn’t quite believe I had just seen and it didn’t really offend me so much as confuse.

This film tanked in the US and it’s going to tank over here. It’s confused, bland and without anything to say.

My Score- Poor

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