Monday, 7 September 2009

Burn After Reading

Dir. Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
Starring: Brad Pitt, George Clooney & Tilda Swinton

Burn After Reading starts with probably one of the best scenes in the film. John Malkovich is speaking with one of his peers and doesn't like the fact he is in a room with "Olsen" Trust me it's funny.

After this it's almost like two different stories intertwining, both with different goals. On one side you have Osbourne Cox (Malkovich), his "Cold Hearted Bitch" of a wife Katie Cox (Tilda Swinton) and George Clooney's strange but yet realistic Harry Pfarrer. All are official types who have access to lots of money and lots of government information which in turn gets into the hands of the other side of the story.

Linda Litzke (Frances McDormand) and Chad Feldheimer (Brad Pitt) are fitness trainers who are working at Hardbodies gym when they stumble across a disc containing lots of personal information about Osbourne Cox. Both decide to hatch a plan to blackmail Cox into getting money for this specific information.

Just writing this review makes me realise how hard it is to put this film into words because each detail links with a pivotal moment of the plot and I don't want to say to much and in turn spoil the film for anyone who hasn't seen it.

The comedy in this film is very dark and probably familiar to those who are fans of The Coen Brothers comedy films and any of their films for that matter. My only problem about this film would be that the ending is so abrupt that you don't exactly see it coming and I felt let down that there was no real closure to it.
I do recommend the film, but mainly to those who are familiar with the Coens work.


(All reviews can be given a maximum of 5 *'s and i will not give 1/2's and 1/4's. I will write reviews on films i have recently seen and will review other films upon request)

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