Wednesday, 10 March 2010

In the Loop

I watched the film In the Loop recently. I had never heard of it before and didn't know anything about it. It had a very 'office' feel to it, a 'real' fly on the wall style with shaky camera angles and blunt performances. A very satirical look at America and Britain in the run up to going to war. I'm not sure how much of this is based on any fact, maybe suspected facts or suspicions, but when your watching it you can certainly imagine that your peeking into the Whitehouse or 10 Downing street. I don't think this film is for everyone, it's very fast paced and you need a dry sense of humour and an interest in politics to get through it, but it's just my cup of tea and I loved it. The acting is impeccable and the direction is flawless, i'd recommend it to anyone who loves Peepshow / the office / shameless or just a good conspiracy theory to go see it!

''The US President and UK Prime Minister fancy a war. But not everyone agrees that war is a good thing. The US General Miller doesn't think so and neither does the British Secretary of State for International Development, Simon Foster. But, after Simon accidentally backs military action on TV, he suddenly has a lot of friends in Washington, DC. If Simon can get in with the right DC people, if his entourage of one can sleep with the right intern, and if they can both stop the Prime Minister's chief spin-doctor Malcolm Tucker rigging the vote at the UN, they can halt the war. If they don't... well, they can always sack their Director of Communications Judy, who they never liked anyway and who's back home dealing with voters with blocked drains and a man who's angry about a collapsing wall.''


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