Movie Review: Our Brand Is Crisis

Our Brand Is Crisis is a 2015 American comedy-drama film directed by David Gordon Green and written by Peter Straughan. It was based on the 2005 documentary film of same name by Rachel Boynton. It is a fictionalized account of the involvement of American political campaign strategists "Greenberg Carville Shrum" (GCS) in the 2002 Bolivian presidential election. The film stars Sandra Bullock, Scoot McNairy, and Billy Bob Thornton to name a few. It was theatrically released by Warner Bros. on October 30, 2015 but only reached the Philippine shores in January 2016 both with mixed reviews and disappointing box office turnout.

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The story goes like this: In 2002, Bolivian politician Pedro Gallo hires American James Carville's political consulting firm, Greenberg Carville Shrum, to help him win the 2002 Bolivian presidential election. GCS brings in Jane Bodine to manage the campaign in Bolivia. Battling her arch nemesis, the opposition's political consultant Pat Candy, Bodine successfully uses American political campaign strategies to lead Gallo to victory against Victor Rivera.

Our Brand Is Crisis is of drama and comedy genre, which runs for approximately 107 minutes. It's rated R-13 in most countries for language including some sexual references. I went to see the film expecting that it was going to be a very funny movie but it turned out that there's lot of drama involved. Good thing is that it was very timely for it to be shown in the Philippines since the national elections is coming. If you like drama and politics, then this movie is easy to relate with. If not, you should consider watching something else. Overall, it was an okay film, probably better to see on cable TV or DVD. But that's just me.

RATING: 3.5 out of 5 STARS


Til then...

xoxo Nash


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