The Safdies are in the small group of directors to emerge in the last 10 years that get me excited.
"Axis of... Hatred?"
"No... something about it just misses..."
This highlight-reel of the Bush Era's Greatest Hits felt redundant in 2008, and now plays like pure 2000s kitsch. It's an eerie and uncanny experience seeing these once-familiar incidents badly re-enacted by celebs.
The tone veers gracelessly from earnest drama to ham-fisted satire (we see a cable news show called "Spinball"). Every piece of exposition is crammed with factoids. Certain of the performances (Thandie Newton as Condoleezza Rice, Jeffrey Wright as…