Burn After Reading (2008)


This a Covid-19 2020 minireview!

“[on the phone] Osbourne Cox? I thought you might be worried… about the security… of your sh*t.” – Chad Feldheimer

Number of Times Seen – Twice (13 Dec 2008 and 10 May 2020)

Brief Synopsis – Two employees in a gym come across top secret information on a disk and get into more trouble than they expect when they try to sell the information.

Bottom Line – Comedy of errors that is able to show how things can get out of control by accident. The Coen Brothers know how to write and direct fun stories, but this one goes a bit over the top with things. The characters are all quite stupid and the way that they all act helps keep things so much fun to watch even if we constantly roll out eyes about everything that they do along the way. The cats is great with George Clooney, Frances McDomand, John Malcovich, Tilda Swinton, Brad Pitt and Richard Jenkins all doing fine jobs here.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The Coen Brothers (Joel Coen & Ethan Coen) wrote the character Osborne Cox with John Malkovich in mind. Brad Pitt’s character was also written with the actor in mind, inspired by a commercial for which he suffered a similar haircut and dye job. Indeed, the Coen Brothers noted at a Q&A session at the Venice Film Festival that all the leading characters were written for all the leading actors, with the exception of Tilda Swinton. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)

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