Haiku Review: Beirut

Beirut
Written by Tony Gilroy
Directed by Brad Anderson


HAIKU REVIEW

A refreshing script;
Well-acted and directed;
A rock solid film.


RATING:
Watch in Theater Immediately
Pickup at Redbox Upon Release
**Stream on Netflix/Watch on Cable**
Don’t Waste Your Time


ADDITIONAL THOUGHTS:

I assumed going into this that I would like it, as I am usually happy with the work of both Anderson and Gilroy, and I wasn’t disappointed. It’s a well-paced thriller that offers some twists, doesn’t insult your intelligence and has a good lead actor. Hamm plays a diplomat, and he’s a skilled negotiator. He’s the kind of guy that needs to be likable on both sides of whatever issue he’s dealing with, so the casting was sound. In a nice turn of events, a major turning point in middle eastern history isn’t used as propaganda or a chance to put in heavy-handed messages, but instead serves as the backdrop that accelerates the small scale story at play. All around, this is every bit the rock solid film I suspected it would be, but it isn’t something many people are going to rush to the theater to check out.


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