Beirut

Genre:  Drama, Thriller
Running Time:  109 min.
In theatres: April 13, 2018 (limited)
DVD/Blu-ray: July 3, 2018

Current rating: Rating: 4.00
based on 12 votes and 3 reviews
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Cast: Jon Hamm, Rosamund Pike, Dean Norris, Larry Pine, Shea Whigham

Synopsis

In 1972, U.S. foreign diplomat Mason Skiles (Jon Hamm) is at a cocktail party with his wife and 13-year-old ward, orphaned Palestinian refugee Karim. Just as the CIA discovers Kalim is the younger brother of notorious terrorist Rafid Abu Rajal, wanted for a number of terrorist attacks, including the Munich Olympics, Rajal's fellow terrorists burst in and nab Karim. During the commotion, Skiles' wife Nadia (Leila Bekhti) is shot dead.

Ten years later, Skiles is working as a labor-dispute mediator in Boston when he's called on to travel to Beirut to negotiate a hostage crisis. His old friend Cal Riley (Mark Pellegrino) has been kidnapped, and the group of terrorists who have him have requested Skiles as the negotiator. It soon becomes clear why when it turns out the group's leader is Karim, now grown up. He thinks the Israelis have his older brother and he wants Skiles to secure his release before he'll hand Cal over.

Director: Brad Anderson
Studio: Elevation Pictures
Producer(s): Ted Field, Tony Gilroy, Monica Levinson, Mike Weber
Screenplay: Tony Gilroy
Official Site: BeirutMovie.com

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  • 5 stars "An intelligent thriller that avoids unnecessary violence and has clever unforeseen twists. The premise of the film [terromism in Berruit] is realistic and well presented. Everyone has flaws. Seems to be a very good description of how modern-day undercover politics works. well worth seeing."
  • 5 stars "excellent movie, acting, action"
  • 2 stars "If you are looking for anything that reflects Beirut, Lebanon as a culture, a society or for any historical information reflective of the civil war - this movie is not it. It isn't filmed in Lebanon and in too many instances is totally inacurate. There has never been camels walking down the beach in Lebanon, let alone any walking beside women in bathing suits. To include such a picture discredits the balance of the movie as being anything but a waste of time and money."