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In the Loop 2009

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The twists are snappy, the tone screwball in this delicious political satire. The US president and UK prime minister fancy a war. But UK secretary of state for international development doesn't, then accidentally backs war on TV. Soon diplomacy collides with spin doctors on both sides of the Atlantic!

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Peter Capaldi, Harry Hadden-Paton
Runtime:
1 hour, 41 minutes

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Genres Comedy
Director Armando Iannucci
Starring Peter Capaldi, Harry Hadden-Paton
Supporting actors Samantha Harrington, Gina McKee, Tom Hollander, Olivia Poulet, Chris Addison, James Smith, Zach Woods, Mimi Kennedy, Anna Chlumsky, Enzo Cilenti, Lucinda Raikes, James Doherty, David Rasche, Reid Sasser, James Gandolfini, Johnny Pemberton, Chipo Chung, Del Pentecost
Studio StudioCanal
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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When Britain's staggeringly inept Minister of International Development gets interviewed on Radio (a fabulous Tom Hollander as Simon Foster) - in between his babble about strides made with diahorrea - he rather stupidly seizes the opportunity to score some brownies points for himself by answering a question on American Military intervention in the Middle East. Knowing nothing about anything four miles past the pier at Margate - Simon spouts out the first sound bite that comes to mind. He says in his pint-sized wisdom that 'war' is merely "unforeseeable".

Milking the obvious gaff and nondescript word - the media goes apes***. But his monstrously foul-mouthed and fearless boss Malcolm Tucker who was listening to the broadcast in his offices (Peter Capaldi in full-on f-word fire-spitting form as Britain's Minister for Communications) wants to string Simon up by a part of his anatomy that you really shouldn't touch. Then at a policy meeting involving American Pentagon types and 10 Downing Street lackeys - Simon once again stumps up more inane wordage when name-checked by the American powerbroker Karen Clark who is heading the meeting (a superb Mimi Kennedy). His ability to sully International diplomacy seems to know no bounds - because outside on the pavement when he's cornered by a canny TV crew about his "unforeseeable" comment - he really dips his feet into a vat of political excrement when he tries to talk his way out it with more beatnik-gibberish by saying "...to walk the road of peace sometimes we must climb the mountain of conflict..." Something needs to be done. So Simon and his bickering worker bee assistant Toby Wright (the ever impressive Chris Addison) are sent to America on a 'fact finding' mission.
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Bought this after watching on tv. Armand Ianucci seems to turn everything he touches into gold. I cannot recommend this enough if you like political satire.
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By C. MacLellan VINE VOICE on 18 Jun. 2009
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Prior to the release of In The Loop, Alastair Campbell said the film portrayed politicians and their advisers as crass and venal, which had never been his experience whilst in government. Then on the eve the film's release, Smeargate hit (I know, it sounds messy), with the expenses scandal to follow a few weeks later, proving that politics was indeed crass and venal. Iannucci 1 Campbell 0.

On the eve of `a war' in the Middle East, Minister for International Development Simon Foster (Tom Hollander) accidentally states that war is "unforeseeable". This ambiguous statement is seized upon by both the hawks and doves in Washington, with each seeing Foster as their poster boy. On hand to clean up the...mess, is the Prime Minister's spin doctor Malcolm Tucker (Peter Capaldi).

In The Loop is effectively a stretched out version of Iannucci's award winning television series The Thick of It., but one of the only characters linking the two is Peter Capaldi's ferocious government spin doctor Malcolm Tucker. Loosely based on Alastair Campbell, who claims Tucker is nothing like him (the gentlemen doth protest too much methinks), Capaldi's is an absolute joy to watch, as he spits fury at the bumbling government officials, both elected and unelected. Roughly every third word which comes from Tucker's mouth is a word you'd never use around your mother, but the writing is so intelligent, that it's impossible not to laugh as he spits fury.

Despite portraying Her Majesty's government as blundering fools, the rest of the British cast put in strong performances.
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A cousin piece (though apparently a pseudo-prequel) to the political satire series, 'The Thick Of It', In The Loop cynically covers both the British and American political systems. British Spin and American power-housing is on show as a Health Minister calamitously finds himself in the midst of a vote on a potential war in the middle east.

Peter Capaldi, James Gandolfini, Anna Chlumsky and Paul Higgins are the stars as the PM's Spin Doctor Malcolm Tucker, General Miller, Liza Weld and Jamie McDonald.

The film isn't a laugh-a-minute special; you have to be able to see between the lines and understand the slyness that occurs regularly throughout, though the more abrupt moments do bring about some bellyaching laughs. In The Loop is very much like an extended, international version of an episode of 'The Thick Of It'; there isn't a killer ending to the film which may give the viewer a feeling that the finish is quite blunt yet slow coming.

Contrary to the protests of professional politicians, you very much get the impression that the film nails the sleaze within politics and just how much the public is allowed to know, as well as just how desperate people can be to climb to the political landscape.

If you are a fan of 'The Thick Of It', this is a must-buy. If you're not aware of the series or just haven't seen it, or are simply knowledgeable of politics, then again I would recommend buying it as you will probably enjoy the satire on show and will want to explore the series further.

Oh, and expect swearing, ;-)
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