The Ultimate Sad Bastard Anthem.
An assault of blunt force confusion, rage, and deep sadness that posits the US government as an intrinsically corrupt perpetual motion machine that punishes progress while fortifying self-interest, jealously, and delusions of persecution in all who try to defy its capital whims. I could not fucking believe it when Stone cuts to a close up of Sam Waterston with black contact lenses to suggest that he, the director of the very bad CIA, is essentially Satan; that’s ridiculous but also correct and also totally justifies Stone ditching this (amazing) scene in the theatrical release so that he would presumably not have to deal with the ex-Devil trying to murder/gaslight him. How does this movie exist??
Hopkins looks and sounds little like Nixon ... he is incredible. I was deeply touched by the loneliness he loudly projects in basically every scene. Such pity he stirs.
“Sounds like you’re talking about a wild animal.”