Our Brand Is Crisis

Our Brand Is Crisis

DVD - 2016
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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. 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, now coaching the opposition.

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greatflicks
Mar 26, 2018

Half way through the movie we almost turned it off. However we stayed with it and at the end said should have turned it off. Slow, boring the ending hit on the reality of elections and what politicians say doesn't mean much. How can you tell when a politician is lying, you see their lips moving.

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gingin1972
Jan 31, 2018

Boring!!!

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reader7176
Jan 24, 2018

Not Sandra Bullocks best script. I like her when she is funny. She plays a serious roll in getting her canidate elected but sees the error in her ways when he breaks a promise to those who elected. While she makes some funny comments, I have seen better movies than this one/

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copperscroll
Dec 30, 2017

Sandra Bullock, really, this film needs little else to be at least good. But add Billy Bob Thorton and the tension & epicness increases exponentially. The sexual tension between these 2 protagonists borders on hate & obsessive need to own the other's soul, lol! This interesting side drama makes the film "Our Brand is Crisis" highly watchable & even fun. The fact that the drama is almost a political satire makes this a good waste of 2 hrs. But that the politian is a sleeze bag (which doesn't come out til later on in the film) kinda makes the whole rooting for the good guy a moot point :(
I was expecting a lengthy epilogue at the end of the film to get us up to speed; there was a brief alluding to an uprising against the leadership & emerging coup d' tat but no epilogue about the real characters. (since this was based on actual events/persons) Instead I had to Google Castillo/Bolivia presidency and Calamity Jane to get some follow-up.
I give this about 3 stars for well acted performances by the known & not so known actors in this film and also for the turn of events based on real life persons. For the hopes and dreams of Bolivia becoming a reality I give 1 star for the depressing / violent ending and exploitation of a nation.

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ScorchingSun
Jul 29, 2017

One of those high-stakes mind-game rivalries.
The elements are there: underdog, impossible odds, unexpected outcomes.
But just slightly missed the all-out intensity.

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kaybea
Jul 28, 2017

Very disappointing to see Sandra Bullock, and Billy Bob Thornton in this terrible movie.

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Nooksack20
May 23, 2017

This is not your typical Bullock Romcom. It is a comedy/drama which I found refreshingly funny and entertaining. I'm not a Thornton fan, but he does and adequate job of playing a jerk with an attitude. No chick flick though, so if that's your bag, this isn't your flick.

BookReviewer2015 Apr 15, 2017

A smart political thriller!

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erinsnest
Apr 07, 2017

I liked it!

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rache1
Feb 02, 2017

Really really boring, fell asleep twice so boring. Not worth your time unless you are interested in Bolivian politics. Can't believe that Bullock and Thornton agreed to do this flick.

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jimg2000
Mar 24, 2016

Jane: You know, we want the money and the power and we want to grab that brass ring and... You know where that (brass-ring) comes from, don't you? The... the brass ring, that's from, um, carousel rides. That was the prize that you could grab so you could keep going around. What I was doing. I just kept going round and round and round. So I got out. I got off the carousel. It's like someone said... "If you don't like the road you're on... start paving another one."
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(Voices on IMF:) Is it soul stealing? Yeah, it's soul stealing. It's advertising. You convince people of something they don't need, and then you give it to them, and then you...And then you profit from it. I mean, this streamlines the process.
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"Llamas. They supply us with meat, with wool, with milk." With new scientific farming methods, they can... can provide the key to Bolivia's economic recovery. Key to jobs. For centuries, the llamas led us through the mountains. "Now this animal will lead us to prosperity."

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jimg2000
Mar 24, 2016

Jane: Lyndon Johnson was running for congress, and he tells his campaign manager to start a rumor
that his opponent fxxks pigs. And the manager said, "nobody's gonna believe that." And he says, "I know."
I just want to hear him deny it."
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Castillo: You know what, Eddie? A leader must be a father to his people. I've always believed that. Sometimes a father has to be strict with his children for their own good.
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Jane: Oh, God damn it. You people drive me crazy. You pretend like you're this normal person, this lovable mother, this working wife and shit, and that's what makes you so dangerous.
Nell: I don't know what you're talking about.
Jane: Of course you do. Of course you do. Blackmail, manipulation, sex, embezzlement, extortion, racketeering, all that white-collar crap that you cut with a smile while you make cupcakes for the PTA.

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jimg2000
Mar 24, 2016

Ben: Jane, how many times have you gone against Candy?
Jane: Uh, three or four times.
Ben: How many times has he beat you?
Jane: Uh, three or four times.
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Jane: That's the world, that's politics. That's how it works. It starts out with big promises and ends up with jackshit happening. But the like the man said: "If voting changed anything, they'd make it illegal."
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Castillo: Sometimes a leader has to do what's good for the country, whether the people want it or not. Now, whether you want it or not, okay, globalization is good. Market economics is good. It's the only thing that'll take you out of poverty.

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jimg2000
Mar 24, 2016

Jane: Well..."A man's strengths flow from the same well as his weaknesses." Okay. You don't change the man to fit the narrative. You change the narrative to fit the man.
Nell: That's excellent.
Jane:Thank you, Nell. How can a narrative fit a man? Just take it in a minute, will you? Exactly. "People forget what you say, but they remember how you make them feel." ... Warren Beatty.
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Jane: Everyone, we're... oh. We are gonna do something to Rivera that no politician wants to have done to them. We are going to define him. The attack line is that he's a crook, he's corrupt,he's inexperienced, and he lies. Every day, we are gonna ring the big feet... "El Diario,". "La Razón," "La Prensa," and we are going to spoon-feed them their Rivera story. We're gonna go through every quote he's ever given, every person he's ever met, every vote he's ever made, and we are gonna look for ways of using it against him.

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jimg2000
Mar 24, 2016

Jane: People don't like you. But that's okay. "Since love and fear can hardly exist together," if we must choose between them, "it is far safer to be feared than loved." That's Warren Beatty as well.
Ben: No, it's not. It's Machiavelli.
Jane: Sorry. I was just totally kidding. Fear. Let's talk about fear. The most effective political spot ever made... "Daisy." Pretty much won the election for Johnson, and it was shown once. Basically, this ad suggested that if Goldwater got in instead of Johnson, the crazy bastard would unleash a nuclear holocaust that would just blow up the world. So now this became a choice between saving the world and dying. You see, when voters are looking for hope, they always go for the new guy. But when they're scared, they look for a wartime leader.

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jimg2000
Mar 24, 2016

Jane: "Attack your enemy where he is unprepared. Appear where you are unexpected."
Ben: Hmm. It's Sun Tzu again. I know. I'm just not a big fan of "art of war" quotes.
Jane: Oh, yeah? Why not?
Ben: Because you can use them anywhere. And I don't think that modern democracy has anything to do
with ancient Chinese warfare.
Jane: Yeah, well, no disrespect, Ben, but that's why you're 30 points behind, okay?
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Pat: What are you reading?
Jane: Goethe.
Pat: Oh, the German theme. ... Something good?
Jane: "It may be possible to hold power based on guns. It is far better to win the heart of a nation."
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Pat: Pat Candy: You know, when Adlai Stevenson was running for president A woman came into him on a rally one night and said, "Every thinking person will be voting for you." Stevenson said "Ma'am, that's not enough. I need a majority."

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jimg2000
Mar 24, 2016

Ben: It's all about extremes in Bolivia. It's the highest, most isolated country in South America. You know, you got a wealthy urban elite who have been dominating political and economic life for centuries, but the vast majority of the population are dirt poor. Now, they've had decades of military juntas, bloody coups,
tanks on the street..
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Nell: - What we can say now for sure is that the opposition is going to play you as the oligarch. The elitist. So, what we're going to do is invert that. We're gonna show the people that, in fact, you are not the stooge of the corporation, but one of them. We want to show the people the warm, likable Castillo. And that's why we've brought our strategist in, the great Jane Bodine, to give us some insight on how we'd do that..Uh...I mean, ... When we were on the plane, she said to me, you know, "Shakespeare once said, 'if you take a great man...if you take a great man and cut off one of his hands'" (From Titus Andronicus by Shakespeare,)

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jimg2000
Mar 24, 2016

How important is honesty? Well, truth is relative in politics. The truth is what I tell the electorate the truth is. In politics, money does talk and it's about to do a lot more talking. The U.S. supreme court now has lifted limits on campaign contributions, ushering in a new era of unfettered political spending.
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Nell: Ever heard of a disposable?
Ben: No, what's a disposable?
Nell: It's what the CIA call an agent who's expendable and deniable. She has no kids, no family, no life. I've seen her take a dead horse and bring in a landslide. So...If she turns this thing around, well, we did it together. And if she messes it up... That'll be Calamity Jane.
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Jane: ... Every event that Rivera attends, very speech, you tape it. If security beats you up, you are doing your job right. And get that beating on tape. And if anyone has any qualms about this, thinks it's wrong in some way, you come and talk to me, okay? I will rent you a nice set of balls.

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