Burn After Reading (R) 96 minutes A-
Great performances and another great film from the Coen brothers
Starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt, John Malkovich, Tilda Swinton, Frances McDormand, and J.K. Simmons
Last year the Coen Brothers brought us No Country For Old Men, one of the most talked about films of the year. Their latest film, Burn After Reading once again delivers, and proves to be one of the best films of 2008 thus far.
When ex-CIA analyst Osbourne Cox (John Malkovich) loses a disc that contains drafts from his tell-all memoir, things begin to spiral out of control and numerous people get burned.
Happy-go-lucky doofus Chad Feldheimer (Brad Pitt), and his desperate co-worker Linda Litzke (Frances MCDormand) are at the heart of this comedy thriller when they find the aforementioned disc and attempt to blackmail Cox. Meanwhile Cox's wife (Tilda Swinton) is having an affair with oversexed U.S. Marshal Harry Pfarrar (George Clooney).
All of these characters are somehow interconnected but don't know it. Needless to say things get pretty hairy and lives are at stake if you end up at the wrong place at the wrong time.
Burn After Reading is an offbeat story about desperate, horny, bitter, stupid, and self-absorbed people... who happen to be kinda lovable in their own pathetic way.