Last night, I went to a 10:45 pm showing of Our Brand Is Crisis because I wanted to see it so badly. The film stars Sandra Bullock as Jane Bodine (aka Calamity Jane because she leaves a disaster everywhere she goes). In the beginning of the film, Jane is out in the mountains living a very different life than she had done previously as a strategist. Nell (Ann Dowd) and Ben (Anthony Mackie) track her down to help them get Castillo to win the Presidential Election in Bolivia. Jane refuses their offer until Nell baits her with news that her rival Pat Candy (Billy Bob Thornton) was running the opposition.
I won't spoil the plot anymore, but I will tell you that the acting, writing, and directing is phenomenal. Sandra Bullock did an amazing job bringing the slightly unhinged yet brilliant Jane to life. Billy Bob Thornton brought his usual perfection to the role. He had my favorite line of the film which was, "When we get home, I'll pleasure myself for hours while thinking of you." That man can do no wrong, and he looked sexy as hell. Anthony Mackie was on point as the man who cares. He was the moral compass at the film's beginning.
Some said the movie had too much of an agenda. I disagree with that statement. The film was about doing what you love -- unless that thing is taking away your soul.
The movie is set to come out on DVD early next year, but if you have a cheap-o theater (like my dollar theater here in Alabama), you might still be able to see it on the big screen. I'll go again, and I've already pre-ordered the DVD.
I give this film 4 1/2 out of 5 stars. The battle between Thornton and Bullock mixed with a hint of sexual tension is pure brilliance.
PS: Our Brand Is Crisis was produced by Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. How can that be wrong?!