Can you believe there have already been three Republican national debates and it is only October 30? Tomorrow may be Halloween, but what’s really scary is that we still have a full year of this presidential election stuff. Now we have a politically themed movie to deal with in the form of “Our Brand is Crisis” starring Oscar winner, Sandra Bullock. However, the real disaster here is the movie itself.
Jane Bodine (Bullock) used to be the “go to” political consultant in her heyday. However, a string of bad losses landed her with the nickname “Calamity” Jane. She gets out of the game, but come back to help with a Presidential election taking place in South America. To make matters even harder, the political consultant she’s never beaten is helping the candidate that is favored to win the election.
When Jane first arrives in Bolivia, she is very lethargic due to the high altitude. While she eventually gets her feet back under her, the movie never reaches that level. Aside from one scene involving the politician’s buses, this movie has no spark or energy to speak about. It plods along from the beginning until the end. There is one point where someone says, “We’re struggling. Nothing’s working.” They could have easily been talking about the movie itself.
Besides Sandra Bullock, “Our Brand is Crisis” has got a great supporting case. Oscar winner Billy Bob Thornton, Zoe Kazan and Anthony Mackie also star. Earlier this month, “Steve Jobs” hit theaters and one of the highlight aspects of that movie is some wonderful one on one scenes the actors have with one another. That never happens once here. The movie is so bad you don’t care about any of the characters and you certainly don’t care who ends up winning the election because the audience never becomes invested in the outcome.
“Our Brand is Crisis” was directed by David Gordon Green. The movie he is best known for is “Pineapple Express.” He also made the awful comedies “Your Highness” and “The Sitter.” While this movie is booked as both a drama and a comedy, it is mostly a drama, something the director apparently can’t handle well. The movie only has a few sporadic laughs in it, so he doesn’t really deliver the goods there either.
It is a little interesting to see the political world in a foreign country is not too different than our own. Then again, we are going to get enough of that garbage for the next 12 months, do we really need to see it in a movie; a place where many people go to escape reality for a couple of hours? It is rated R for language and some sexual references.