Our Brand is Crisis (2015)
Based on the documentary of the same name, Our Brand is Crisis sees a group of U.S. political consultants travel to Bolivia in order to re-elect President Castillo (Joaquim de Almedia). The people of Bolivia no longer want Castillo as their president because of his ties with the United States, but that is the exact reason the USA wants him back in office.
I didn’t see the documentary this movie is based off of, but from what I saw, I wasn’t that impressed. This movie is basically the “behind the scenes” of a Bolivian election with American tactics. Sandra Bullock and Billy Bob Thornton are American’s in different candidate’s corners, but essentially this could have been an American election. They want to dig up dirt on each other and the candidates. They want to appeal to the people of Bolivia. They want to use political tactics to win! What else is new?
There isn’t a who lot I can say about this movie. You are watching an election run its course. There is very little tension to engross you in the story and very little memorable moments to keep you wanting to come back. The candidates are nothing like the people we would have here in the states, so why would we care about candidates we can’t relate with? The movie is also too long because I was checked out by the time the election was over, but there is about 20 minutes more to go after!
At the end of the day, I can see why this movie was made, but ultimately, this movie does nothing special to keep people wanting to watch this. I want political dramas to be tense and not boring! Our Brand is Crisis shows us how a campaign is run instead of showing us how a campaign gets results and that is what makes this boring. Co-starring Anthony Mackie, Ann Dowd, Dominic Flores, Zoe Kazan, Scoot McNairy, and Reynaldo Pachecho.
5/10 Stars – Our Brand of Crisis means well, but they should have stuck with it being a documentary since it is boring and too long.