STARRING: Sandra Bullock, Billy Bob Thornton, and Joaquim de Almeida
RATED: R RUNNING TIME: 1hr 47min.
Sandra Bullock plays (Calamity) Jane. A tough, pull no punches, political campaign advisor or some might say “fixer”. She’s been in hiding for a few years. Giving up politics after it almost destroys her. She’s lured back in to face her nemesis Pat Candy (Billy Bob Thornton) in a Bolivian Presidential Campaign.
Before watching this film I read quite a few reviews. The majority of them said the movie was confusing and hard to follow. Some said it was choppy and didn’t flow. Maybe I watched something different.
At first Jane doesn’t care about the campaign or the people, until the man she hates enters the picture. Pat Candy is what you would expect. Slimy, smooth, and a con man. He knows Jane well and how to push her buttons. It still takes Calamity Jane some time to come around. It isn’t until she starts to spend time with the locals and her candidate that she starts to fight. Unfortunately she backslides to her old ways of drinking, smoking, and manic behavior much to her rival’s delight. The chemistry between Sandra Bullock and Billy Bob Thornton is unsettling in a good way. I wasn’t lost or confused at all when it came to where this movie was going.
The game of politics is an illusion. The voting public will believe whatever optical illusion or fictional promises told to them because they need that feeling of hope at the time.
I find it commendable that the movie tries to show what happens when a person slowly comes to a self-realization and wants to take accountability for their own part in things.
Although it wasn’t thought to be Award worthy by most I thought it certainly could’ve given Mad Max a run for it’s money.