THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

CAN HE DO IT?

​​THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

OUR BRAND IS CRISIS (2015)


#109 of 2015 is the about to be released Our Brand is Crisis. Sandra Bullock is absolutely excellent as a political strategist who's out of the game, but lured to Bolivia to butt heads with her nemesis, the man whose outsmarted her in the last few elections, the smarmy Billy Bob Thornton. Bullock tones what could have been an annoying shrewish character into a thoughtful calm character (who does have a few high pitched moments). And the role was originally written for the film's producer, George Clooney! That's the good news. The bad news is that this film's brand is amazingly bland. The story carries the intriguing idea of American political strategists fanning out all over the globe, available to the highest bidder, and influencing democracies everywhere. But it takes this idea and handles it in a most simplistic way. Billy Bob can play this character in his sleep - and nearly does. It's his James Carville impression. He's already done that on film. It also heavily implies that the people of Bolivia must be the most simple-minded people in the world. I can't figure out who this film was made for. It's watchable but so what - so are my cats. And they show just a tad more depth. And the ending is just a tad short of unbelievable. Our Brand is Crisis disappoints big time, wasting excellent work by Sandra Bullock. This film will sink without a trace. It'll probably be on cable before Christmas.

TLA one word review: stagnant