• Film ID:
  • 20221
  • Availability:
  • DVD Available from Shop
  • Film cert:
  • Running time:
  • DVD=105 min.
  • Nationality(ies):
  • America.
  • Primary Language(s):
  • English.
THE NEGOTIATOR (2018)
(BEIRUT)
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As a movie this is a solid, dependable thriller with a really solid performance by Jon Hamm, as well as by a range of supporting players who turn in good, taunt performances. The one exception is Rosamund Pike whom is a great actor, but is ill-used. I suspect there were a number of scenes left on the editing floor. This movie will be controversial because of its depictions of Beirut, as well as lack of agency of the Lebanese people. These criticisms are valid, but at the same time it is very hard for Hollywood, let alone a Western director and writer to get the right nuance and tension of the period AND make a successful movie. To the critics, you have a point, but this is a thriller, not a documentary. If you are looking for a modern spy/espionage movie, this should be on your list. Plus I would love to see more Jon Hamm in these types of roles...well done. 

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