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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In the loop - Great film
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.
Published on 13 Sep 2011 by Andygd

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not as good as the thick of it
For some reason they had the same great actors but invented new characters for them (apart from MalcolmTucker), which will leave The Thick of It fans a bit confused at the start of the film. This film was made for a wider audience (America) which unfortunately means the plot is dummed down a bit and the jokes not quite as witty.

Having said that there are still...
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In the loop - Great film, 13 Sep 2011
This review is from: In The Loop [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sly, Clever, Dark and Witty, 24 Aug 2013
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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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86 of 95 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In The Loop, 18 Jun 2009
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C. MacLellan (Glasgow, Scotland) - See all my reviews
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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. Tom Hollander's government minister is the perfect example of the new generation of career politician which currently fills the government benches, and Chris Addison's Toby continues this in his role as a government adviser...despite being younger and significantly less experienced than the minister who he his advising.

When the storyline pops across the Atlantic to Washington D.C. and New York, the film does loose it's way slightly, as British audiences will naturally relate more to their own corridors of power and officials than they do those in the US. This doesn't mean that the US cast are left wanting for material, with some of the best jokes coming from the American counterparts, such as when James Gandolfini's General Miller adds up troop numbers on a child's computer.

Despite the drop in pace, transferring the action to the US is essential, as it exposes the real `special relationship' which exists between the two countries - America leads whilst Britain follows. Even when he travels to the White House and the United Nations, the force ten hurricane that is Malcolm Tucker finds himself pushed towards the periphery.

What makes In The Loop all the more brilliant is that once you've finished laughing at the superb performances and Iannucci's razor sharp script, you'll realise that the political world portrayed in the film is all too similar to our own, and that if this is how the world is being governed, we're all up the preverbal creek without a paddle.

The Verdict
Political satire of the highest standard - In The Loop definitely gets my vote!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious, and not for the feint hearted, 17 Jan 2011
This review is from: In The Loop [DVD] (DVD)
This is a wonderful movie, very clever in the use of langauge and in the casting. The chracters are quite real and typical of highly driven organisations. The use of profanity and sarcasm is well scripted and timed. The meeting of the UK and US politicians absolutely hilarious as one is always trying to gain advantage over the other.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Over-the-top political satire, 22 April 2010
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Dennis Littrell (SoCal/NorCal/Maui) - See all my reviews
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I don't know how funny this would be the second or third time around, but it was pretty funny the first. What we have is the run-up to an invasion of an unnamed Middle Eastern country with the focus on American and Brit governmental operatives as some advance the program and others try to stop it. It's an over-the-top satirical comedy, a kind of burlesque version of the real run-up prior to the invasion of Iraq.

Tom Hollander stars as a nice boy minister who wants to stop the war train. Peter Capaldi plays some kind of Brit gov attack dog with a bad case of coprolalia who enjoys nothing more than humiliating subordinates and the occasional Yank as he salivates about the marvelous maiming and killing to come. David Rasche plays Linton Barwick the American Secretary of...well they don't say, but it would be Defense. Rasche has the voice and mannerisms of the real Secretary of Defense during the Iraq War (Donald Rumsfeld) down pat. Rasche's parody of the ultimate micromanaging war-nit was for me the highlight of the movie.

There's a nice comedic take on the relationship between Karen Clarke, who plays an American assistant secretary and her intern played by Anna Chlumsky resulting in a lampoon of polticos running helter-skelter as they go about managing the ship of state.

Everything is lickity-split. The dialogue comes at you like water from a fire hose, and everybody is just drunk with nerd-gov power. There is a certain truth behind the sexually demeaning expletives coming out of just about everybody's mouth, revealing a kind of repressed macho that is the dream of persons in positions of petty power. The script and the improvs by the actors set a new high water mark in the creative use of not only the f-word but in the expression of the myriad ways one can get really hosed in various orifices.

Anyway, "In the Loop" is good for a one-time viewing with many laughs and some insight into the stupidities of our glorious leaders and their staffs.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great film - not a classic but a very enjoyable watch, 18 Aug 2009
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After watching this film recently I'm quite surprised to read the 1 star reviews that have been posted here on Amazon. The film may not be a five star classic but I would have to guess that the one star reviewers may have not entirely "got" the film. I can't really understand that given that the plot is relatively straightforward and its made clear who all the characters are.

If you like Armando Ianucci's work in general, then this is a must have - he has done a superb job here with this film. Great political satire. According to Ianucci, John Prescott stated that the Scottish PR guy was "just like Alistair Campbell". And as for the committee plot seeming unrealistic, apparently it is actually what Dick Cheney did with a Future Planning committee in real life.

If you're not familiar with Iannuci's work you might not enjoy this as much but I'd be shocked if the majority of people watching this film were as unhappy with it as the one star reviewers so far. Try the trailer and if it interests you, this film is recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Political Parody or Documentary?, 23 Nov 2011
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Political satire that has a day in the life feel of an abusive spin doctor. It has a fly on the wall documentary feel to it similarities to the office. This movie has lots of well thought out & extremely offensive insults direct at politicians.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tucker goes global, 5 April 2011
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DB "davidbirkett" (Co. Kildare, Ireland (but born & raised Liverpool, UK)) - See all my reviews
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Great to see "The Thick of it" adapted for the cinema. The first few minutes are a bit confusing, for although the cast is more or less the same, the characters are changed significantly. Not sure why they did that, but never mind.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the most clever comedies I have seen, 29 Mar 2010
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Darren "dazzacarmichael" (Haringey, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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I have never watched in the thick of it .... but now I do because of this film.. I have worked with politicians and civil servants in the past and this is actually what its like... honestly it's really this bad they are really this stupid, this ego driven, this foul. Armando has done a service to the people to educate them about those they put in power.
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30 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In The Loop, 18 Jun 2009
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C. MacLellan (Glasgow, Scotland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: In The Loop [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
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. Tom Hollander's government minister is the perfect example of the new generation of career politician which currently fills the government benches, and Chris Addison's Toby continues this in his role as a government adviser...despite being younger and significantly less experienced than the minister who he his advising.

When the storyline pops across the Atlantic to Washington D.C. and New York, the film does loose it's way slightly, as British audiences will naturally relate more to their own corridors of power and officials than they do those in the US. This doesn't mean that the US cast are left wanting for material, with some of the best jokes coming from the American counterparts, such as when James Gandolfini's General Miller adds up troop numbers on a child's computer.

Despite the drop in pace, transferring the action to the US is essential, as it exposes the real `special relationship' which exists between the two countries - America leads whilst Britain follows. Even when he travels to the White House and the United Nations, the force ten hurricane that is Malcolm Tucker finds himself pushed towards the periphery.

What makes In The Loop all the more brilliant is that once you've finished laughing at the superb performances and Iannucci's razor sharp script, you'll realise that the political world portrayed in the film is all too similar to our own, and that if this is how the world is being governed, we're all up the preverbal creek without a paddle.

The Verdict
Political satire of the highest standard - In The Loop definitely gets my vote!!!
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