"Our Brand is Crisis" stars Sandra Bullock, Billy Bob Thornton, Anthony Mackie, and Zoe Kazan. Released on October 30, 2015, the film is about a political consultant who uses American political campaign strategies to help a Bolivian politician win the election.
The film is directed by David Gordon Green, who also directed films such as Undertow, Pineapple Express, and The Sitter. It is based on the 2005 documentary of the same name by Rachel Boynton. Political campaigns don't always interest me that much in a way movies do, but this film caught my attention in terms of the cast and the producers, who previously worked on one of my favorite films of 2012, Argo. What started off as a very entertaining political satire film, surprisingly ended off with a whimper.
The cast delivered some good performances. Bullock was the main attraction as Jane Bodine.
The first act was entertaining and well-acted.
The pacing was mostly consistent.
Good mixture of humor and drama.
Impressive look at how political campaigns work in Bolivia.
The second and third acts weren't able to copy the success of the first act.
The story is a bit predictable.
A few scenes where the pacing dragged a little bit.
The final election scene was rushed and the intensity wasn't there.
Final thoughts: "Our Brand is Crisis" started off well, but like the political polls, it slowly decreases little by little by the time it reaches the second act. I wanted to like this film in terms of Bullock's performance and its mixture of comedy and drama, but they're not enough to overcome its troublesome pacing and its predictability. It's worth watching for political satire fans and for those who like Sandra Bullock, in general. For those outside of that audience, it's worth a rental for Bullock's performance and the first act. It got my vote, but then it lost it.