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Times of India
Jane (Sandra Bullock) is a disgraced political consultant who is forced to end her sabbatical and strategise the Presidential campaign for Senator Castillo (Joaquim de Almeida). The fact that her arch nemesis Pat Candy (Billy Bob Thornton) is driving the campaign for another candidate, who happens to be the front-runner, marks her comeback. Turns out, Jane seeks redemption and not victory to prove her mettle. While continuing her battle with depression and a string of OCD's, can she outwit and outplay her sharp opponent, who is always a step ahead. Does she regain her lost glory by resorting to playing dirty or would she rather put her infamous past behind and start afresh?
Though predominantly a political satire, Our Brand Is Crisis also deals with finding and forgiving oneself. It attempts to analyse the conflict that stems from the principles that one must sacrifice to meet professional demands, where deception is the key.
You can trust Sandra Bullock to breathe life into a stone or a lackluster script for that matter with her portrayal of girl-next-door vulnerabilities and self-doubt. She can be clumsy, shrewd, eccentric... all at the same time. However, take her away and the film is reduced to being an inconsistent mishmash of comedy and drama, which oscillates between smart and silly, leaning towards the latter. Barring a few tactics, the contest between Jane and Candy seems predominantly juvenile so their efforts to outsmart each don't quite work.
Bullock even flashes her butt to Candy, (as a winning gesture), killing the sensibility of the film. Billy Bob Thornton is terribly wasted. Lack of focus, clarity as far as the film's script and agenda is concerned is a major hindrance.
As a film about a woman embarking on the path of self-discovery, caught between marketing and the media, the film works. As a tale on political one-upmanship, it doesn't.
This is the first film that Sandra Bullock and George Clooney have produced a film in partnership where Sandra is the executive producer.
The lead character, Jane Bodine, played by Sandra Bulloack was originally a male character but was willing modified by writer Peter Straughan and director David Gordon Green.
Before it was changed to a female character, the lead was offered to George Clooney.
In 2008, the scrip was included in the Blacklist which is a list of most liked unmade scripts.
In 2002, Bolivian politician Pedro Castillo (a fictionalized version of Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada) hires an American political consulting firm (based on James Carville's Greenberg Carville Shrum firm) to help him win the 2002 Bolivian presidential election. The firm brings in Jane Bodine (Sandra Bullock) to manage the campaign in Bolivia. Battling her arch nemesis, the opposition's political consultant, fellow American Pat Candy (Billy Bob Thornton). Soon begins the contest of one-upmanship between the two competitors, who have a history. They manipulate their respective candidates and do whatever it takes to help they win. Jane wins the competition but realises she is in the business of deceiving people and decides to follow her heart and give this game a break.
Although Bullock gets to display her considerable comic skills in several scenes that are just flat-out hilarious, the movie is really a black comedy detailing what really goes into a winning campaign — and it ain’t always pretty. Our Brand Is Crisis also has deeper themes that punctuate the human cost of winning and what it takes to do just that. In the mix is a fine supporting cast including a sensational Thornton, Anthony Mackie as the cool and calm head of the operation that brings Bodine in the fray, Scoot McNairy as the advertising guru who is a bit ethics-challenged, and Zoe Kazan as a research whiz who provides invaluable data in the cause. Joaquim de Almeida is perfect casting as Castillo, the candidate in question.
it’s a cheerfully scalding examination of crooked campaign management. Sandra Bullock, applying a hard enamelled finish to her signature all-American klutziness, aces the change of pace as a famed US spin doctor hired to spearhead the presidential campaign of a Bolivian rightwinger in 2002; even with the cynicism dialled up to 11, she’s likable enough to heat this tale of cool-blooded dealings.