Good film, standout performance from Sandra Bullock. She steals every scene. This was not a box office success but it's actually a fairly good film, thanks to SB. Her films are usually enjoyable, she's such a warm and likeable character. This is a fairly clever but subtle political satire with some amusing twists and insight into the murky world of political spin. Enjoyable.
A Bolivian presidential candidate failing badly in the polls enlists the firepower of an elite American management team, led by the deeply damaged, but still brilliant strategist "Calamity" Jane Bodine (Bullock). In self-imposed retirement following a scandal that earned her nickname and rocked her to her core, Jane is coaxed back into the game for the chance to beat her professional nemesis, the loathsome Pat Candy (Thornton), now coaching the opposition. But as Candy zeroes in on every vulnerability-both on and off the campaign trail-Jane is plunged into a personal crisis as intense as the one her team exploits nationally to boost their numbers. Dramatic, rapid-fire and laced with satire, Our Brand is Crisis reveals the cynical machinations and private battles of world-class political consultants for whom nothing is sacred and winning is all that matters.
This film is tonally all over the place and sometimes over-simplifies its complicated topic into bite sized soundbites, but despite that it's entertaining, interesting and provides a unique and unsentimental view of a fairly unexplored subject. Plus Sandra Bullock and Billy-Bob Thornton have a great anti-chemistry as enemies, which keeps the energy flowing.