A lot of the movie buzz this week comes from the Toronto International Film Festival, which opened Sept. 10 and runs thorugh Sept. 20. Among the talked-about features is Our Brand Is Crisis, which features two Academy Award winners, Sandra Bullock and Billy Bob Thorton.
The film is a fictionalized account of a documentary by Rachel Boynton of the same name that dramatized the 2002 presidential election in Bolivia. Bullock plays Jane Bodine, a political consultant called out of retirement to run Pedro Gallo’s election campaign against socialist candidate Victor Rivera.
Bodine finds herself up against her political nemesis Pat Candy, played by Thorton. She is also up against steep odds. When she signs on to run the campaign, Gallo is way behind in the polls.
Produced by George Clooney and Grant Heslov, the buzz tags Our Brand Is Crisis as a comedy-drama with styling that resembles Argo, which was produced by Clooney, Heslov and Ben Affleck and won the Oscar for Best Picture of 2012.
Early reviews from Toronto say Bullock overcomes the film’s weaknesses with a glistening performance.
The film is set to be released in theaters Oct. 30.