Will moviegoers want to see a political drama on the big screen given the overload of political drama playing out daily on TV? Warner Bros Pictures is hoping audiences will want to check out Our Brand is Crisis when it hits theaters on October 30, 2015 and won’t be put off by the fact the film centers around a presidential campaign. Working in the film’s favor: Oscar winners Sandra Bullock and Billy Bob Thornton. Our Brand is Crisis also features Anthony Mackie, Joaquim de Almeida, Ann Dowd, Scoot McNairy, and Zoe Kazan.
David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express) directed the drama which was “suggested by” Rachel Boynton’s documentary about the 2002 Bolivian presidential election. Bullock, George Clooney, Grant Heslov, and Stuart Besser produced, with Jonathan King and Jeff Skoll executive producing.
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.
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-By Rebecca Murray
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