By Jack Rico
It’s rare to see Hollywood backing a film with a central Latin American backdrop, especially that of a country such as Bolivia. But that is exactly what is happening with Our Brand is Crisis, from director David Gordon Green, starring Oscar winners Sandra Bullock and Billy Bob Thornton. The film is really about the rivalry of two Presidential campaign strategists that happens to take place in Bolivia. Nevertheless, its nice to see Hollywood open-minded enough to allow a Latin American country to serve as the setting of a story.
Official synopsis: 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.
The drama also stars Anthony Mackie, Joaquim de Almeida, Ann Dowd, Scoot McNairy, and Zoe Kazan.
“Our Brand is Crisis” is scheduled for release on Friday, October 30, 2015.