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The Sandra Bullock Drama "Our Brand Is Crisis" Announces Itself as an Awards-Season Contender

The Sandra Bullock Drama "Our Brand Is Crisis" Announces Itself as an Awards-Season Contender

By Richard Lawson

In its first trailer, David Gordon Green's new film clarifies its ambitions.

One of the bigger, or at least more anticipated, films receiving a world premiere at this year's Toronto International Film Festival is director David Gordon Green's "Our Brand Is Crisis." Starring Sandra Bullock and produced by George Clooney and his producing partner, Grant Heslov, the movie had enough of a pedigree to make everyone excited when the project was announced.

Only, beyond Bullock's part originally being written for a man, we didn’t know much about it. Based on a documentary about American campaign strategists influencing elections in South America, the film could be a dark comedy, or a serious political piece. Given Green’s track record of switching between raucous comedy and pensive dramas, the film could have gone either way.

Now, at long last, we have a trailer, and from the looks of it, the film will be a typically Clooney-ish combination of slickster antics and political incisiveness. Bullock plays a hard-charging political whiz who has a sudden, troubling onset of morals, while other operatives — played by the likes of Billy Bob Thornton, Zoe Kazan, Anthony Mackie, and Ann Dowd — scheme around her.

Given what we see of Bullock’s performance in the trailer, and the film’s gritty hue, it seems as though the film is aiming for awards contention. Which would make sense. After all, this is Clooney and Heslov’s own successful brand: they produced the similarly toned "Argo," a major TIFF hit in 2013 that went on to win best picture at the Oscars. Maybe they can repeat that magic this year.

We'll have a review of "Our Brand Is Crisis" when it premieres in Toronto this weekend.

Check out the trailer for the movie below. 

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