By Don Morton
Skillfully made, but logistically illogical and generally reprehensible
September 2, 2015
This morally questionable, manipulative piece of cultural exploitation offers a blinkered perspective at best. It centers on the plight of a rich, white American family (Owen Wilson, against type) caught up in a revolution in an unnamed Southeast Asian country—where everyone speaks Thai—involving lots of machete-wielding, dead-eyed brown people. I think we’re supposed to care; I didn’t.
Skillfully made, but logistically illogical and generally reprehensible. You know your movie’s in trouble when Pierce Brosnan—playing a grizzled, shadowy government agent of some sort—provides the comedy relief. Japanese title: Kūdetā. (103 min)