DVD Reviews – July 2016 – Mark David Hatwood

crisisOur Brand is Crisis Starring Sandra Bullock & Billy Bob Thornton, Directed by David Gordon Green.

A Bolivian presidential candidate, failing badly in the polls, enlists the firepower of an elite American management team, led by the deeply damaged but still brilliant strategist “Calamity” Jane Bodine (Bullock).

In self-imposed retirement following a scandal that earned her her nickname and rocked her to her core, Jane is coaxed back into the game for the chance to beat her professional nemesis, the loathsome Pat Candy (Thornton), now coaching the opposition.

Somewhat of a mix between Sandra Bullock’s comedy and dramatic roles, at first this seems like it could be a car crash, and indeed many critics saw it as such. But in my humble opinion, it’s a nice balance and leaves quite a moving message about how much (or little) governments truly care about their public or if the whole charade isn’t one self-fulfilling prophesy to qualify its own existence.

Verdict: A nicely paced drama with some smatterings of comedy to help the medicine go down. ***

This film will be screened at The Harbour Club, Portscatho, on Monday 4th July

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