The American Presidential election is still over a year away and already it has become a circus. We could use a sharp political satire to lighten the mood.
Enter Sandra Bullock in David Gordon Green’s latest feature Our Brand is Crisis. Bullock plays an expert and storied campaign manager tasked with salvaging the reputation of a South American politician seen as out of touch, all while contending with a rival campaign strategist played by Billy Bob Thornton. Here’s the full synopsis:
A Bolivian presidential candidate failing badly in the polls enlists the firepower of an elite American management team, led by the deeply damaged but still brilliant strategist “Calamity” Jane Bodine (Bullock). In self-imposed retirement following a scandal that earned her nickname and rocked her to her core, Jane is coaxed back into the game for the chance to beat her professional nemesis, the loathsome Pat Candy (Thornton), now coaching the opposition.
But as Candy zeroes in on every vulnerability – both on and off the campaign trail – Jane is plunged into a personal crisis as intense as the one her team exploits nationally to boost their numbers. Dramatic, rapid-fire and laced with satire, “Our Brand is Crisis” reveals the cynical machinations and private battles of world-class political consultants for whom nothing is sacred and winning is all that matters.
Green has made himself into an indie darling by jumping from satire to broad comedy to intimate drama throughout his career. A political film is a bit of a change of pace, but Green is also well known for taking big name actors under his wing and getting them to act beyond their comfort zone, from Al Pacino to Nicolas Cage to Paul Rudd. Bullock is a perfect pairing, and the film also stars Anthony Mackie, Zoe Kazan, Scoot McNairy, and Ann Dowd.
Our Brand is Crisis opens October 30. Watch the trailer above: