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The Dictator 2012

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The heroic story of a dictator who risks his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed.

Starring:
Ben Kingsley, Megan Fox
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Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 23 minutes
Starring Ben Kingsley, Megan Fox, Ajay Naidu, Sacha Baron Cohen, John C. Reilly, Anna Faris
Director Larry Charles
Genres Comedy
Studio PARAMOUNT HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 24 September 2012
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 23 minutes
Starring Ben Kingsley, Megan Fox, Ajay Naidu, Sacha Baron Cohen, John C. Reilly, Anna Faris
Director Larry Charles
Genres Comedy
Studio PARAMOUNT HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 24 September 2012
Main languages English
Subtitles English
Hearing impaired subtitles English

Customer Reviews

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Format: DVD
The Dictator is a 2012 comedy featuring Sacha Baron Cohen as an Arab tyrant brought low after being kidnapped while attending the UN General Assembly. The thin plot sees Cohen's Admiral General Aladeen blunder his way through various culture clashes as he learns about the world through employment at a vegan, feminist, non-profit cooperative. The plot is largely about the jokes rather than the story. At a superficial level this is easily dismissed as kind of silly but it is impressively even-handed in its dismantling of Arab fascism, big oil, and leftist anti-ism. More important that any of that, The Dictator is funny. Not exactly Borat funny but filled with great quips and lots of visual humour. Some of the humour is a little too low-brow but in the main it is another funny Sacha Baron Cohen outing to be entertained by.

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.
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Format: DVD
While The Dictator maintains it's satire with a rude & crude approach to it's humour, which won't be to everyone's tastes, it's very much more conventional as a movie than Sacha Baron Cohen's predecessors in Borat & Bruno. In that is very much more a structured movie with a traditional plot with a beginning , middle & ending, as opposed to the TV camera crew following a set of outrageous moments with random people.

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.
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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I hadn't watched any of SBC's stuff in a while but stumbled upon some classic quotes in the media as he has a new film out. I wondered why I had lost touch with him and, on checking Amazon, wondered why this blu ray was so cheap. 4 stars average so how bad could it be? Then I watched it and found out there was a direct correlation between the cheap price and the even cheaper humour. There was always a touch of the puerile to SBC's work but there was also satire and you knew, or thought you knew, that his tongue was placed firmly in his cheek. Besides, who doesn't have a childish side? Problem seems to be that over the years the satire has pretty much disappeared, though he does make the occasional, half-assed, heavily-labeled and tired attempt. His comedy seems to have long-since lost any of the edge it once had and all that remains is schoolboy humour. Again, that was always part of his work, but without a counterpoint it just becomes obvious, tedious and on occasion more than a bit embarrassing. Perhaps 13 year olds would find the Dictator hilarious, possibly even profound, but given the film is rated 15+ it seems to have missed its target audience. I get the impression that SBC is following the money and targeting a particular market with this one - and why not I suppose. If I had the option to make a few million out of cheap humour I dare say I'd say 'bargain' and grab the chance with both hands. Hope it works out for him, he's meant to be a nice guy. But for me, I'll just give his stuff a miss in future I think.
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