In The Loop
In The Loop – Movie Review
The US president and UK Prime Minister fancy a war. But not everyone agrees that war is a good thing. General Miller (James Gandolfini) doesn’t think so and neither does the British Secretary of STate, Simon Foster.
“In The Loop” is a wonderfully, incredibly well-written political satire that basically focuses more on the British prime minister and a wonderful Tom Hollander. This is one of the most obscene, in terms of swearing movies, that you’ll see in a long time, but it is completely terrific. The idea is that part of the minister of defense has been caught, if not with his pants down (I know, British), mostly with his words unclear and that he says a war is unforeseeable and all the chaos it creates. Then, he becomes the mouthpiece for the American interest that basically want to start a war. It only occurred to me after I’d seen the movie that the huge picture of Eisenhower in one of the people’s office was really the signal of what the movie was about, since Eisenhower is the one who said beware, the military industrial complex. If you loved “Wag the Dog” as a way of how to create a war, you’ll love “In the Loop”. James Galdofini is being billed as one of the key actors. He has a really minor part. He is wonderful in it, but as an ambivalent pentagon general he waffles between his head and his heart. David Rasche is also terrific as a Rumsfeld bad guy, along with a bunch of cool Brit actors. Basically, this is just a really fun movie. You’re going to have to listen carefully and if you don’t have much tolerance for swearing this may not be your movie, but this is a five star movie.