Thursday, 1 September 2016

Our Brand Is Crisis (2015)


Comedy | Drama


David Gordon Green




Sandra Bullock, Scoot McNairy, Billy Bob Thornton, Anthony Mackie, Ann Dowd, Joaquim de Almeida, Zoe Kazan, Reynaldo Pacheco, Dominic Flores, Louis Arcella, Octavio Gomez Berrios, Luis Chavez, Tilda Del Toro, Dionne E. Simoneaux


American political consultant Jane Bodine (Sandra Bullock) is sent to help re-elect a controversial president (Joaquim de Almeida) in Bolivia where she mush compete with a long-term rival (Billy Bob Thornton) working for another candidate (Louis Arcella).


With a 35% score on Rotten Tomatoes and a miserable 6.1 on IMDb, the idea of watching "Our Brand Is Crisis" would have never crossed my mind if it wasn't for my endless love for Sandra Bullock. Because of the reviews, I watched it with quite low expectations, but I have to say that after all it wasn't that bad.

Maybe people were expecting a different kind of film because of director David Gordon Green previous films - "Pineapple Express" and "The Sitter" aren't exactly smart films. Maybe I was expecting that too. What Green did this time, despite the lack of big dramatic moments, is balancing drama and comedy quite well.

So there are the funny moments, and the story, even though is quite straightforward, is well-told and quite engaging. Does it portray things as they really went? I don't think so, but this still is a film that doesn't have to be taken too seriously.

Anyway, by any means I'm saying the script is perfect. The main problem are the character and the lack of a proper development. And I absolutely have to mention that most of the supporting characters are one-dimensional.

But then there is the acting, which isn't bad at all. Maybe I'm saying this because I love her, but Sandra Bullock really does give a good performance as a depressed political strategist who wants to beat her opposite colleague, and she is really immerse in the role. And there's the strong support from Billy Bob Thornton as Bullock's rival, and Anthony Mackie as the man who runs the campaign.

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