Tuesday, February 8, 2011

The Way Governments Work


Saw this movie on a more obscure sat/cable movie channel last night. The title rang a bell, I'd read something about the movie a year or so ago, so I gave it a watch. Hilarious! Double, tripled up with laughter. And scared a bit... while this movie is a satire about government agencies and how they work, I'm afraid there's much truth revealed in this movie.

Essentially we have a Brit govt. agency, very disfunctional, connecting with a US govt. agency, equally disfunctional. The result? War on some other nation (Iraq). All the power plays, networking, leaking, politic speak one can imagine, and all leading the participants straight to hell.

Powerful acting performances, particularly Peter Capaldi, as an abusive Secretary of some Brit agency, haranging his underlings on a constant basis. And James Gandolfini as the US General doing essentially the same thing.

Mostly this movie has constant verbal tirades, all of which make Vince Vaughn in Dilemma seem like a timid whimp... (although I loved Vince's "monologs" in that movie). In the Loop also easily surpasses the movie record for the utterances of the word "fuck". Easily...

Anyway, if it comes up on any of your movie channels, check it out... or find it on NetFlix. Well worth it. I'm sure this is exactly how we got into the invasion of Iraq.

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