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Knife Fight (2013)

Director:
Bill Guttentag
COUNTRY
USA
GENRE
Political thriller
NORWEGIAN TITLE
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RUNNING TIME
100 minutes
Producer:
Catherine Davila
Daniel Davila
Screenwriter:
Bill Guttentag
Chris Lehane


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Paul Turner Rob Lowe
Penelope Nelson Carrie-Ann Moss
Kerstin Rhee Jamie Chung
Dimitris Vargas Richard Schiff
Helena St. John Amanda Crew
Peaches O'Dell Julie Bowen
Larry becker Eric McCormack

 

Review

Rob Lowe gained experience delivering political babble in The West Wing, and in this idealized satire about the workings and techniques of political strategists, he puts that experience to good use, delivering his quick-witted lines in typical Aaron Sorkin-ish tempo and tone. The film delivers a few jabs at the American political system, especially campaign advertising, but when push comes to shove writer/director Bill Guttentag is a little too in love with his characters and their flaunting talent for the film to have enough edge and make a lasting impression. And while the narrative structure is semi-fresh and the agenda well-meaning enough, there's really not much progress or development to incur during the course of these ninety plus minutes. This may well be the filmmakers making a point by parallelling politics, but if so, it's as slight a point as there ever was.

Copyright 15.4.2015 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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