What has Sundance done for you lately? Looking back on 2018, the answer was clear. Boots Riley Sorry to bother you and the directorial debut of Paul Dano Wild animals delivered two very different looks, but equally appealing to the world. That's all a fan of low budget movies can ask for these days.
After the 2019 edition, it looks like Sundance has already delivered another jewel. This time fans will stay The report, A film produced by Steven Soderberg by screenwriter and director Scott Z. Burns. Adam Driver, Jon Hamm and Annette Bening star in the photo of Vice Studios.
According to Variety, Amazon won the bidding war for distribution with a value close to $ 14 million. The magazine noted that Amazon was "planning a prize for the film," suggesting that the festival's enthusiasm is real. Here is a look at the plot of the film based on the actual story and the public reaction.
An "angry and urgent" thriller on CIA torture practices
The film follows the work of Senate official Daniel Jones (Driver), who in real life gathered the report on the CIA's "enhanced interrogation" techniques in the post-September 11 era. Jones worked on the report six years ago while checking in with Senator Diane Feinstein (Bening) and (we imagine) facing all kinds of blowback from the military.
In a review of The Guardian, Benjamin Lee praised The report as an "angry and urgent film". Citing Burns' screenplay and the excellent work of Driver and Bening, the reviewer compared him favorably to The post for his hard focus on material. (Burns worked with Soderberg in The Informant!, among other films.)
Other analyzes express almost as much enthusiasm. In addition to Hamm, the support cast includes Jennifer Morrison, Michael C. Hall, Corey Stoll and Matthew Rhys.
Plans for a fall version of 2019
According to Variety, Amazon is planning to launch The report in the fall before setting up his campaign for awards. The studio secured the film's overall rights following an intense bidding war with several other distributors. (Vice-founder Eddy Moretti and deputy studio chiefs negotiated the agreement.)
In addition to Feinstein and other well-known members of Congress, the audience sees Gina Haspel (Maura Tierney) before her rise to the CIA leadership. Judging by the reviewers' criticism of this film, it seems a much more intense approach to the subject of Oscar-nominated Adam McKay. Vice.
This approach certainly worked. Spotlight, Tom McCarthy's film recounts the crashes that led to the abuse scandal of the Catholic Church in Boston. McCarthy featured a starring cast featuring Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo and Rachel McAdams at the top of their games.
In The report, Burns had the challenge of recreating a similar period in US history with all its focus on internal events. According to most reports, he was able to do this with an equally strong cast. It will be a movie to put on the calendar for the end of this year.
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