Special Correspondents (2016)


“[meeting Eleanor] You’re too attractive for human resources, and not bitter enough for management.” – Frank

Number of Times Seen – 1 (26 Oct 2020)

Brief Synopsis – Two aspiring radio journalists fake their reports from a South American country while hiding out in New York but things get complicated when it is suspected that they have been kidnapped by hostile forces in the area when they are suppose to be.

My Take on it – This is a film that I came across by accident and knew nothing about before watching it.

Ricky Gervais is such a funny comedian and the fact that he wrote, directed and starred in this film is reason enough to watch it.

The premise is quite clever and despite things getting a bit too convoluted along the way, things work really well largely due to the two leads played by Gervais himself and Eric Bana.

The way that the story resonates throughout is great and we can completely understand why these characters will act as they do.

Gervais’ impulsive style appears throughout and that enhances things so much.

The story gets more and more complicated as things progress, yet it still remains quite humorous to watch unfold in ways one never expects especially as we see how these characters get deeper and deeper into trouble along the way.

The first two thirds of this film are much better than the final act which tapers off to quickly which makes things a bit more problematic here.

Bottom Line – Great concept that works quite well largely due to the superb performances of Bana and Gervais. The story resonates really well and it is quite understandable why these characters do what they do along the way. Besides starring in this film, Gervais also directed and wrote it and it’s very easy to see his fingerprints on things the whole way through which actually enhances the story even more.  The way that things get more and more complicated as their scheme evolves is really funny to watch because of the way that these characters get in very deep over their heads in controversy.  The final third of the film tapers off a bit from the first two thirds and that’s a bit of a problem here.  Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – While in Toronto during production, Ricky Gervais donated a personally owned guitar used in the film to the Story Book Farm Primate Sanctuary. Gervais posted two links to the eBay auction for the guitar during the period he was hosting the Golden Globes in attempts to help the sanctuary raise funds for much needed extension work. The guitar was purchased by Danny Young, a well respected musician in the guitar industry, who used the guitar to help the sanctuary with further fund raising. Gervais is well known on social media for animal welfare activism. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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