What has Sundance done for you lately? Looking back on 2018, the answer was clear. Boots Riley's Sorry to Bother You and the Paul Dano directorial debut Wildlife delivered two very different but equally engaging looks at the world. That's pretty much anything a low-budget movie fan can ask for these days.
After the 2019 issue, it looks like Sundance has delivered another gem. This time fans will receive The Report a film by director Scott Z. Burns, produced by Steven Soderberg. Adam Driver, Jon Hamm and Annette Bening play the main role in the picture of Vice Studios.
According to Variety, Amazon won the bidding war with a total of nearly $ 14 million. The magazine noted that Amazon was "planning a price boost for the film," suggesting that the festival's excitement is real. Here is a look at the plot of the film based on a real story and the audience's reaction.
An Annoying, Urgent Thriller on CIA Torture Practices
The film follows the work of Senate staff member Daniel Jones (Driver), who in practice wrote the report on the CIA's "Enhanced Interrogation" techniques after 9/11. Jones works on the report for six years while contacting Senator Diane Feinstein (Bening) and (we imagine) all sorts of military setbacks.
In a review for The Guardian, Benjamin Lee praised The Report as an "angry, urgent film." The critic cited Burn's stern script and excellent work by Driver and Bening and compared him to The Post because of his hard focus on the material. (Burns collaborated with Soderberg The Informant! among others.)
Other reviews express almost as much enthusiasm. In addition to Hamm, Jennifer Morrison, Michael C. Hall, Corey Stoll and Matthew Rhys are among the supporting actors.
Plans for Fall 2019 Publication
According to Variety, Amazon plans to release The Report in the fall before it begins its pricing campaign. The studio secured the global rights to the film after conducting a bidding war with several other distributors. (The vice-founders Eddy Moretti and the vice-studios initiated the deal.)
Next to Feinstein and other members of Congress who are well-known names, the audience gets a glimpse of Gina Haspel (Maura Tierney) before her ascent Chief of the CIA. Judging by reviewers' reviews of this film, this seems to be a much tighter wound on the subject of Adam McKay's Oscar-nominated Vice
. This approach certainly worked in Spotlight ] Tom McCarthy's film about the fractures that led to the Catholic Church's abuse scandal in Boston. McCarthy relied on an all-star cast that included Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo and Rachel McAdams in addition to their games.
In The Report Burns had the challenge of restoring a similar period in US history with all his focus on insider events. For most of the reports, he managed to do it with an equally strong cast. It will be a movie to be included in the calendar later this year.
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