Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Beirut Movie Review

Jon Hamm stars in Beirut

Keep Talking (or Not)

Rotten Tomatoes Plot: Caught in the crossfires of civil war, CIA operatives (Rosamund Pike, Dean Norris) must send a former U.S. diplomat (Jon Hamm) to negotiate for the life of a friend he left behind. Directed by Brad Anderson.

War is Hell; but does Anderson have to drag us through it, in order to understand a small (and relatively insignificant) slice of the Lebanese Civil War? Beirut (the film) is dark and gloomy, crammed with countless grayish, bomb-ridden houses and sleazy U.S. State Department officials. What a shame, considering it stars the magnetic Hamm, who gets a few juicy minutes at the start, before escaping into various bottles of booze for the remainder of the movie. The rest of the cast disappears into cinematographer Björn Charpentier's forgettable background and Tony Gilroy's generic/uneventful story. Beirut (the city) deserves better.

Grade: D