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What Is The Movie Beirut About? (Solved)

In the opening scenes of “Beirut,” the suave Mason Skiles (Jon Hamm) describes the location that also gives Brad Anderson’s new film a title as a “boarding house without a landlord.” This kind of dismissive chatter about a tumultuous part of the world is likely going to inflame the recent controversy about the perception that “Beirut” is just another film that uses the Middle East for backdrops and bad guys. (And the fact that it filmed in Morocco and not Lebanon didn’t help that controversy.) So, the first question in your mind may be to the validity of these complaints 👍 Yes, it’s true that the trailer doesn’t come close to capturing the intricacies of the plot here, one of those classic Tony Gilroy contraptions in which the American characters, especially those hiding under government orders, are complicit and arguably more truly evil than the people on the ground 😁 And the fact that this is a period piece helps explain the change of filming venue as Beirut 35 years ago looked nothing like it looks today 😁 However, it’s difficult to shake the sense that some of what’s happening here is that classic Middle Eastern villainous set dressing—bearded men, lit in shadows, with generic Arabic music playing in the background. Mason calls it a boarding house, but “Beirut” seems remarkably uninterested in the actual cultural identity of the people who live there. But that could be part. [1]
This film is about Mason Skiles. United States Diplomat stationed in Beirut (Lebanon) in the 70s. Skiles is well-respected and has made many friends within the city due to his warmth, kindness, and respect. Skiles and his wife took in Karim, a Palestinian 13-year old boy who had been abandoned on the streets. When the CIA finds out that Karim is related to Rafid (a prominent suspect in the massacre at the Munich Olympics 1972), they send troops in an attempt to help Rafid. Skiles protests, and in the ensuing shootout at his villa, Rafid takes Karim away, and Skiles’ wife is killed in the confusion. Skiles returns to retirement ten years later to help negotiate the release from a terrorist kidnapping and holding him hostage. Skiles arrives in Beirut, and before he gets time to confront the painful memories of his wife’s death, he is thrust into a world of ever-changing loyalties, barter of assets, and betrayals in a city ravaged by the claws of war. Last revised by Alicea Ernst, Bandar Abbas (Iran) [2]
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The conclusion’s big twist isn’t quite as sexy as it thinks it is, though one instantly forgives it for the outstanding needle-drop chosen for the final scenes. I’m having no doubt that we’ll see essays from both Israelis and Palestinians denouncing this film, as well as Lebanese critics decrying the use of their country’s bloody recent history as a backdrop for mere Hollywood spectacle. I don’t really have a defence for that last one, especially since the people of Lebanon barely feature in the movie at all. Maybe this is a comment on American narrow visions in foreign affairs, or maybe this is a short-term narrative. Or maybe as with so many things, there’s some truth on both sides. Last modified by Brandyn Honeycutt, Turin, Italy. [3]
Marc Williams, at commonsensemedia.orgThis political thriller, directed by Brad Anderson, is an entertaining combination of heady, snaky talk and popcorn thrills. Although it is not a true representation of history or culture, Beirut feels more like a spy thriller. A big star drinks and hustles his way through the role, keeping one step ahead of the bad guys, and making the movie look great. Mason Skiles’ compelling story is made possible by Hamm’s combination of emotional trauma and experience. Kasondra Rainey (Baku, Azerbaijan) was kind enough to let us know. [4]
Demetris Fish thewrap.com, in short: “Beirut” revolves around former U.S. Diplomat Mason Skiles (Jon Hamm), a drunk and wayward “expert negotiator” who was booted out of government work at the tail-end of 1972. During the intervening decade, Cal (Mark Pellegrino, “Supernatural”), an ex-colleague of Mason’s, has been taken hostage in Lebanon. The hostages have requested that Mason be the CIA’s point person to forge a deal. Sandy Crowder, Shea Whigham’s CIA operative and Gary Ruzak, Shea Whigham’s CIA operative agree reluctantly to the terms. Mason returns to Lebanon to confront his past and rescue his friend. [5]

Refer to the Article

  1. https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/beirut-2018
  2. https://www.firstpost.com/entertainment/beirut-movie-review-jon-hamm-rosamund-pike-enthral-in-this-sharply-written-spy-thriller-6798331.html
  3. https://www.theguardian.com/film/2018/jan/23/beirut-review-jon-hamm-sundance-film-festival
  4. https://www.commonsensemedia.org/movie-reviews/beirut
  5. https://www.thewrap.com/beirut-film-review-jon-hamm/
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