The Dictator [DVD]
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From the creators of Borat comes the hilarious story of a North African dictator (Oscar® nominee and Golden Globe winner Sacha Baron Cohen, Borat, Brüno, Da Ali G Show) who, on a visit to New York, is stripped of his power and forced to get a real job at a Brooklyn health food store.
Theatrical cut runtime: 80 mins approx.
Extended cut runtime: 95 mins approx.
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Cohen's performance borrows heavily from Borat. The difference between Aladeen and Borat boils down to wit. Aladeen is just as bumbling and incompetent at times, especially when forced to work a mundane job. Unlike Borat, Aladeen is full of put-downs and retorts, spending most of the film berating or insulting someone. Amid our fearful, politically correct times, this kind of humour that insults all sides equally is most welcome.
The plot expands the wit by showing Aladeen to actually be much more effective when taking charge of the co-operative he works for. Aladeen is brutal and unpleasant. He gets the job done. The Dictator savagely skewers the utopian notion that we are all the same.
The unchecked power of dictatorship leads Aladeen into trouble.Read more ›
The plot is quite simple, Sacha Baron Cohen plays the eccentric dictator of the North African nation of Wadiya, Aladeen. While his 2nd in command who should had been the next in line to the throne, Tamir (Ben Kingsley -Gandhi), plots to overthrow him. As his latest assassination attempt fails , Tamir decides to take Aladeen out of his comfort zone to America, to address the United Nations, and have him assassinated there, while Aladeen's double will make Wadiya a democracy on World T.V & profit from the oil rights himself. But things don't go quite to plan, as a de-bearded Aladeen runs amok in New York to great comical ends, in a life affirming experience as he meets & falls in love with the beautiful hairy boy child Zoey (Anna Faris -Scary Movie). Comedy & mayhem ensue as Aladeen runs into people with totally different beliefs to his own.
Overall i found The Dictator to be an hilarious movie with many comedy set pieces, i felt offended & shocked in places but i couldn't help but laugh, although some of the jokes fell flat, like the Wadiya meaning of positive & negative for example. On the flip side it was very clever & great satire on real life.Read more ›
Young Aladeen became supreme leader of the African country of Wadiya at the age of seven. Since then, he has ruled his kingdom with an iron fist. Anyone who disobeys him is tortured or killed. Over the years, he has made friends with fellow leaders such as Kim Jong-il and Moammar Gadhafi. He has also made a lot of enemies within the United Nations over his country’s nuclear weapons program. He is ordered by the UN to speak to the delegation or military action will be enforced. So General Aladeen decides it is best for his Kingdom to come to America.
But conspirators within the regime want Aladeen taken out. So an assassin is hired to kidnap, torture, and eventually kill the supreme leader. Aladeen outwits the would be assassin and escapes, but not without losing his signature beard. General Aladeen races to the UN in order to give his speech, but no one believes he is who he is. A riot breaks out and a young shop owner and activist named Zoe helps him out and gives him a job. It is now up to Aladeen to infiltrate the UN and ensure democracy is never established in the county he has oppressed.
I am a fan of Sacha Baron Cohen. I liked Da Ali G Show and I thought Borat was an absolute brilliant commentary on American prejudice. So when I heard he was making a movie about a ruthless leader of an oppressed country, I had high expectations of what the movie would be.Read more ›
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I had fairly high hopes with this one after seeing what looked a very funny trailer. I wish I hadn't bothered. Read morePublished 20 days ago by N. Mackenzie
Was fine although it's not triple play as code for uv copy did not workPublished 2 months ago by Penny44444