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Burn After Reading: A Review
29 October, 2008, 12:34 am
Filed under: Movies

So after a few weeks of wanting to watch it; we finally made it to the movies. Frankly speaking, I didn’t know much about the film save it has George Clooney, Brad Pitt and John Malkovich in it. I thought it would be an Ocean’s 14 kinda movie; slick, suave, men with to die for suits and attitude, character and an equal powerful balance of brain AND brawn.

But its not that kind of movie. It is probably set in modern America but with a slight 80s twist to it. Maybe circa 1998/1999. Mobile phones and other sophisticated devices are lacking but I did notice a Dell desktop; also circa 1995-2000; maybe newer I don’t know.

The fashion was all over the place too; men in suits, men in casual office wear, women with multiple layering going on. The cars to go with it were as well, all over the place. You get the Lexus 350Gh (I think) and an old Volvo with a convertible new BMW 135 (I think). But other than that, the feel is very 1998/1999.

Storywise, I only knew it was written by the Cohen brothers after watching the movie. The same people who wrote Intolerable Cruelty, The Ladykillers, No Country For Old Men; ALL not on my must watch again before I die list. But again, the same intelligence, sense of emptiness and the specificity of the script for the actors are inescapable. Of course imdb informs us that they wrote ‘Burn After Reading’ specifically with the heavyweight actors in mind.

As we were pulling out of the parking I commented that the movie had a lot of one-to-one scenes. The maximum people in one scene was four. So the movie is really made up of a lot of ’empty scenes’;  a lot of conversation with an amazing variety of backgrounds; offices, carparks, gyms, embassies, car scenes, you name it.

All in all, I’ll give it a 3/5 stars for its amazingly complicated multiple stories and acting but indeed it stays true to its label as black/dark/twisted comedy. Watch it if you liked Kill Bill, Erin Brokovich, Clerks II kinda thing…

God bless!


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