Burn After Reading

2008

Action / Comedy / Crime / Drama / Mystery / Thriller

139
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 78%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 64%
IMDb Rating 7 10 273000

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Brad Pitt as Chad Feldheimer
Tilda Swinton as Katie Cox
George Clooney as Harry Pfarrer
Dermot Mulroney as Star of "Coming Up Daisy"
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Reviewed by tutakitty 2 / 10

All Star Cast with a terrible, terrible story

How can a movie blow with both George Clooney and Brad Pitt in it? By making a story line that has no purpose or true comedic relief. The only reason this review gives the movie 2 stars instead of 1 is because actors in it. How exactly is there humor in a story line that is not clearly defined and can't be followed? From the beginning to the end the movie is entirely too choppy.

We open up with a CIA analyst who gets demoted for being an "alcoholic". He Analyst gets highly upset, storms out of the office and quits and decides to write a book about everything he learned in the CIA. Meanwhile there is no proof in the movie that the guy is an alcoholic. Anyways goes on with wife is cheating on him with George Clooney, who is like a nympho and goes on dating sites and has sex with random women everyday, (like does this character have a job?). Anyways you find out later his wife is cheating on his as well and everyone is in a weird sex ring at this point right? Anyways both dudes get served divorced papers one at the beginning (Analyst) and one at the end (Clooney). The movie "plot" is that two bozos who work at a gym (Brad Pitt and an Older Lady) team up when they find a CD from the Analysts wife's attorney's secretary (see you already see how bogus this is) with information on it the Analyst's wife was using as leverage to take all her money's before she filed for divorce. It not only contained part's of the Analyst's book but also financial information from her husband where she could go in and take money from his accounts. The two gym bimbos try to get money from the Analysts using the disc as hostage saying they are "Good Samaritans" and deserve a reward if he wants his disc back. Of course at this point the Analyst blows a gaskit and doesn't agree to terms and demands his information back. The older woman gym bimbo wants the disc for plastic surgery money and Brad Pitt... well we don't know what he wants the plastic surgery money for or why he is even hanging out with the annoying older lady to begin with. It all spirals out of control to where eventually Brad Pitt gets shot by George Clooney, the Gym Bimbos boss get's shot by the Analyst and then the Analyst gets shot by a random dude in the street. The CIA is monitoring the whole situation, doesn't care about anybody dying just cares about their information on the disc. So in the end they agree to give the crazy older lady gym bimbo her money for her plastic surgeries to keep quiet. HOW MORE ANNOYING, STUPID, AND UNWITTY COULD THIS MOVIE BE? Literally a waste of an all star cast. I want to erase this movie from my brain because that's how terrible it is.

Reviewed by bowmanblue 7 / 10

It's a little bit funny

I think I've watched the Cohen Brothers' 'Burn After Reading' about four times now and, although I find it a weirdly enjoyable film, I still can't get my head round the beginning. I guess you'd call it a black comedy/drama, filled with mix-ups and adulterous relationships, yet the catalyst for how it all begins seems to be one of those 'blink-and-you-miss-it' kind of moments. A CIA analyst (John Malkovich) gets fired and ends up being blackmailed by a pair of gym employees (Frances McDormand and Brad Pitt), one of which is sleeping with a married man, George Clooney (who is also sleeping with John Malkovich's wife, Tilda Swinton). Confused? You may well be.

It's a pretty confusing plot, not because anything's that difficult to understand - it just has a real air of confusion about it all. And, I think that's deliberate. For we, the audience, are treated like the CIA agents in the film, left to look in on this series of odd developments and wonder what the hell is going on here.

Of course the film's storytelling style may not be to everyone's liking, however you have to admit that it has a stellar cast. With those names in the lead you'll be hard pushed to not enjoy their performances. Although, I have to say that (no-so-famous) Richard Jenkins stole every scene he was in and brought a real air of tragic pathos to the cast. In fact, he may well be the film's 'heart,' as, despite the other lead actors being big names, you may find it difficult to empathise with anyone besides Jenkins.

Although everything ties up with these characters lives, like I said, it does it in a deliberately vague way which leaves you with question marks over your head (making you see the events through the bewildered eyes of those men supposed to know everything that's going on ever). Oh, and don't read too many spoilers - as there are definitely some moments that you won't see coming!

Reviewed by ksach-366-580175 10 / 10

Extremely well made movie. Intelligent, quirky a hint of violence,,,overall amazingly put together .

Did not expect this level of awesomeness. Can easily be rated as a 8.5+ movie.

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