Wrong Is Right (16-Apr-1982)|
Director: Richard Brooks
Writer: Richard Brooks
From novel: The Better Angels by Charles McCarry
Keywords: Comedy, Thriller, Loose Nukes
Review by Nichro (posted on 6-Mar-2005)
Hey, this movie is very topical, about suicide bombers and all that, nuclear weapons and WMDs in the Middle East. It is as if 9/11 happened, but it came out in the early 1980s. It takes a very accurate look at the same scenario that has evolved recently. It is a chronic politcal satire, I reckon. I am not much with definitions of these things, but it really is funny. I was left thinking 'hey, that movie sucked', but I still laughed about it. Set during the oil crisis of the 70's it involves some cute concepts, but generally, it should be watched in parrallel with what is happening now in Iraq, Syria and the whole middle east. One of the precepts was that God is Oil. Revolutionaries want to bomb things until they have the oil. Then they want to make peace and spend the money they get from the oil. It shows the effects of instant power. I must say that this movie also highlights the surprise at the beginning of the 80s of the rise of the big brother culture. The ability of the state to read the coin in your hand from space. Also, it lives on with the concept that 'Nothing really happens unless it happens on TV'. This means the movie is filmed like its filming tv, and you get silly out takes like 'wait 30 seconds we have a commercial break' etc. Connery is pretty good in it, and his attempts to discredit a president and then help him out, merely for ratings give the politics a kind of farscical feel, as the players of Americas election are used to manipulate the ratings of a news broadcasting corporation. There is no real action in this movie, no sex, nothing the kids would like. However, if you loved Dr. Strangelove, you will enjoy this film. Sounds complicated, but with a name like Wrong Is Right, what do you expect?
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