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I found this surprisingly enjoyable. It's a dialogue-driven political thriller where the only characters playing dirtier than the bad guys are the good guys, anchored by a phenomenal performance from Jessica Chastain that just about redeems her for that awful Scottish accent. The real star here however is the dialogue, which whips past at an intoxicating speed, challenging you to keep up with the team as they devise strategies and counter-strategies and never treating the viewer like an idiot in a way that reminded me of The Ides Of March and Michael Clayton.
Sadly this refreshing approach to storytelling doesn't last for the duration of the movie, as the final act tries to pull off one too many absurd and unnecessarily complex twists, betraying much of the believable strategising which came before. The journey is still definitely worth it however, and the final subtle mid-credits shot goes some way towards repairing the damage caused by the film's climax. I'll be watching the development of Jonathan Perera's career with interest because this is one hell of a debut script.
Great screenplay, such a powerful performance from Jessica Chastain!
Amazing drama where Jessica was the ideal casting for the lead 9/10
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