MOVIE REVIEW: Our Brand is Crisis (2015)

Directed by David Gordon Green

Released just before awards season, director David Gordon Green’s Our Brand of Crisis has the looks and cast of an award-winning film. The story and direction though messes things up. From the people behind the academy award winning film Argo, Our Brand is Crisis tries to imitate the vibe Argo gives from trying to be smart and suspenseful and bringing in Sandra Bullock.

Sandra Bullock can probably pull-off any character except maybe if cast in a musical movie since she made it clear she doesn’t want to be in one. In here, she’s an out-of-retirement political consultant forced to return to the world she made money but hated for its cruel and dirty ways. Bullock pretty much drove the whole film to an entertaining piece. Even though the characters have convoluted development, the cast still provides compelling performances that will keep you entertained but you can’t help but feel that everything seems to be not as insightful as the story wants it to be.

Putting Billy Bob Thornton in the mix made the story more interesting but it also made it ridiculous as the twist his character introduces keeps the film from being genuine. If only they’ve gone deeper with each characters especially Bullocks and de Almeida’s who portrays the senator who runs president. There are potential in the film that was only tackled as an idea like the dirt in every presidentiables including their bet, but only to make things interesting as to conflict these aspirants.

Our Brand is Crisis


3 Stars

“Our Brand is Crisis” is now showing in Philippine cinemas nationwide from Warner Bros. Pictures. Rated R-13 by the MTRCB.

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