When Sandra Bullock starred in Gravity in 2013, it was the first time in years I'd actually cared about a movie she starred in. Looking back at her filmography, she had a terrific run in the '90s but movies like The Lake House, The Proposal, All About Steve, and The Blind Side simply didn't interest me. And while her newest movie, Our Brand is Crisis, doesn't exactly look like a home run, it's definitely a step back in the right direction as far as I'm concerned.
David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express, Joe) is directing, George Clooney and Grant Heslov are producing, and the film co-stars Billy Bob Thornton, Anthony Mackie, and more. Our Brand is Crisis hits theaters on October 30th.
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.