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A foul-mouthed british government spokesman must act quickly when a mid-level minister tells an interviewer that U.S. War in the middle east is unforeseeable. When they are both summoned to washington D.C., the hapless politico quickly becomes a pawn of bureaucrats, spin doctors and military advisors.


Studio MPI
SKU 212702092
UPC 030306971391
UPC 14 00030306971391
Format DVD
Release Date 1/12/2010
Rating NR
Aspect Ratio
ReviewSource San Francisco Chronicle
Review The pace is fast and the technique is raw in "In the Loop." Everything is done to convey a sense of instability and speed. The dialogue comes in cascades of exuberant comic language. Characters indulge in frantic and absurd monologues. The United States and Britain are rushing to war, in this pointed British satire, and everyone in government, on both sides of the Atlantic, is scrambling for position...Taking its inspiration from the lead-up to the Iraq war, "In the Loop" shows how the prospect of military conflict plays out on the staff level. The language is brilliant, and the laugh lines come so quickly that you'd probably have to watch the movie twice to get them all. Only dimly concealed beneath the veneer of comedy is a vision of human nature as self-serving, weak and unable to see past its own interests.Director Armando Iannucci, who wrote the film along with five other screenwriters, gets lots of comic mileage out of the differences between the British and the Americans. The British are portrayed as either ineffectual but well meaning or vicious but obedient; the Americans as either concerned and rational or as cheerfully psychopathic. Underlying all the interaction is the understanding that the Americans are wealthy..."In the Loop" is uncompromising in its speed and audacity and, ultimately, in its point of view. Even among the saner characters, there seems to be hardly any deep awareness that war means human misery and actual people being dead. These functionaries are lost in the fog of government, incapable of seeing past their petty grievances and career concerns, as they contribute in tiny ways to the creation of a disaster.
Reviewer Mick LaSalle
ReviewRating 10
DVD, Widescreen, English, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
A.O. Scott, The New York Times A sharply written, fast-talking, almost dementedly articulate satire on modern statecraft.
Dennis Harvey, Variety Intelligent political satire this expertly acted is nothing to sneeze at.
Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News ...One of the sharpest satires in years.
Lou Lumenick, New York Post ...the smartest and funniest movie inspired by the Iraq war.

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