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Burn After Reading by Coen Brothers

Category: Entertainment
Subcategory: Film Reviews
Average Rating:
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A 2008 black comedy written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, and starring George Clooney, John Malkovich, Brad Pitt, and of course Frances McDormand, aka Mrs Joel Coen.

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    cwright_af, Wed, 14 Jan 2009 18:52:51 UTC.
    1st review

    I was more entertained by pointing out the various DC locations on the film, as well as the inconsistencies with the real intelligence community, than I was by the story. Sure I laughed a bit, especially during the first quarter of the movie, but then I lost the thread that was supposed to be holding the whole tale together. Why the "chair" in the basement? As one person said 'this movie was a bunch of pieces in search of a puzzle."

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    arnetta1129, Fri, 16 Jan 2009 00:08:48 UTC.

    Even though I am a huge Brad Pitt fan, this movie just did not hold my attention. I was really excited about the fact that it was suppose to focus on the intelligence community, however there was no real connection. Maybe I missed it because I fell asleep about twenty minutes into the film.

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    ddudley, Sat, 07 Feb 2009 17:27:26 UTC.

    With this cast, this movie could have been so much better.

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    suzyq943261, Tue, 10 Feb 2009 06:00:44 UTC.

    The movie just didnt go together, no story line. But the D.C views were awesome

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    Account Removed, Tue, 10 Mar 2009 09:15:49 UTC.

    Bottom line is that all the characters fancied themselves as investigators or inspectors of sorts, but ironically enough, they were all too intent on inspection of irrelevant information to allow for any form of introspection or self-awareness to creep in and challenge their assumptions. This facilitated contagious hubris which then spurned a series of unsanctioned, unjustifiable criminal acts all perpetrated by various government officials. This criminal misconduct was immediately reported to a higher ranking (also hubris-endowed) government official who responded by sanctioning cover-up activities to just "make this all go away"...a plot point that seemed to suggest that the rules for people on the inside are different than those for the civilian peons stuck on the outside looking in, while simultaneously rousing the age-old concern of "who is watching the watchers?". Overall: A beautifully satirical look at today's culture of paranoia, technology and the accompanying little social absurdities. Film was rife with comedic irony, peppered with pockets of political commentary, and ultimately, clever.

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    myjagrox, Tue, 17 Mar 2009 16:07:23 UTC.

    I really don't get the buzz about this movie. Were Brad and George good? Yes-but the plot left me unfulfilled in my movie watching experience.

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    cpeterson, Sat, 27 Jun 2009 22:46:38 UTC.

    I purchased the movie because I like both Brad and Clooney, but I really did not get it. Was it suppose to be a comedy? If it was I did not laugh.

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    Michael_K, Wed, 02 Jun 2010 21:47:24 UTC.

    I was very disapointed wit this film. The cast i figured it would be great because i like Malkovic but the previews were the spoiler to the film . I couldnt stay intrested.

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