Our Brand is Crisis, a movie released in 2015, is about politics and the dirty game of winning a Presidential election. It’s happening in Bolivia, the former Spanish territory exploited for silver and tin. The name came from “El Libertador”, the Venezuelan hero Simon Bolivar. He had a crucial role in the establishment of several South American states’ independence from Spanish rule. One of them is Bolivia.
[source of all pics: imdb.com]
Jane is a political strategist, she knows how to manipulate crowds and she has what it takes to fabricate a winner when there isn’t much to take from. Here, the conflict is created by her leaving the show and coming back to confront, to challenge and beat a former archenemy. The challenge is tough, her candidate is at 23% difference down in the polls. The favorite, the one in the poll position and advised by Candy, her rival, has 30% of the total vote. There are seven or eight candidates, but only two of them have American consultancy, so, they are the one that matter. Our Brand is Crisis is very entertaining in its cynical approach. No tricks are too dirty, nothing matters more than to win, whatever your cause is.
Our Brand Is Crisis – Cast
Sandra Bullock is Jane Bodine, alias “Calamity Jane”, the main character here, a political strategist hired by a consulting firm to help Senator Pedro Castillo to win the Bolivian Presidential elections. Billy Bob Thornton is Pat Candy, Jane’s archenemy, here on the favorite’s pay. Anthony Mackie is Ben, an important team member. Joaquim de Almeida is Pedro Castillo, the candidate who hires Jane and the American Political consulting firm. Ann Dowd is Nell (who we just met in Captain Fantastic), an important member in the advising team, who initially ascribed Jane with all her wits. Scoot McNairy is Richard Buckley, a sort of art director in Castillo’s team. Zoe Kazan is LeBlanc, additionally hired by Jane, to digging dirt on candidates. It’s a funny character, nobody knows her name and she speaks Spanish, sometimes acting as a translator for the team.
It is beautifully directed by David Gordon Green, with a sparkly screenplay written by Peter Straughan.
Our Brand is Crisis was produced by George Clooney and Grant Heslov, who are parts of the producing team for Argo (together with Ben Affleck).
Released in 2015 (sorry to repeat that, but the majority of my reviews here are made for “ripe” movies), it has just a 6.1 imdb rating out of ten. It was a disappointment at the box office, partially because it was advertised based on Bullock and Thornton’s Oscar winning reputation. Sandra Bullock is not the most loved awarded female in the United States, and Billy Bob won an Oscar for an adapted screenplay, not for his extraordinary acting. Anyway, here he physically resembles James Carville, the owner of the political consulting firm who was the inspiration for the one hired by Castillo. Castillo is based on a real life person as well.
You don’t understand much from this trailer, and even if I personally liked Sandra Bullock a lot in her role here, she seemed very disconnected, in a sort of likable way (opposed to the character who made Miss Sloane).
Our Brand is Crisis wasn’t extremely advertised, and not only that, the subject’s crudity is not what a brainwashed watcher would expect. So, to make money in this business, to have plenty left to sponsor some hobbies like this one here, from time to time, you have to give them Marvels: Wonder Woman, Iron Man, etc, an entertaining action which leaves you empty and distracted from what’s happens around you.
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