Movies: “The Campaign” ; “Bourne 4″

(KTSF by Sean Au)

Political comedy “The Campaign”

Just months before the Presidential election, every move of every politician comes under the scrutiny of the public. Hollywood joins the pundits to make sense of the political drama that unfolds.

Cam Brady (Will Ferrell) is a four time congressman of North Carolina. Confident of his re-election, he could care less if his lecherous trysts make news headlines. A pair of capitalists plan to build a sweat shop in Brady’s district and plot to replace him with the best candidate they can find: tour guide Marty Huggins (Zach Galifianakis). Cam Brady now has to curb his ways while Marty Huggins’ family undergoes a makeover to poll well.

The election campaign leading to the polls uncovers the ugly games behind the cordial surface. The dirtier one plays, the higher one polls. Despite being a comedy, it might be as close to reality as politicians would let us know. Ferrell and Galifianakis employ much improv, showing them on top of their game, creating countless laugh out loud moments.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars.

Video courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures.

Action thriller “The Bourne Legacy”

After seriously injured in a war, Aaron Cross (Jeremy Renner) decides to ditch his past and undergoes training to become the Department of Defense’s special agent. Cross now belongs to a special group of warrior soldiers who have to take pills to chemically enhanced their physical attributes through viruses, making them a government experiment as well. When Jason Bourne, the key agent from a rival CIA program, exposes the secret program, both the Department of Defense and the CIA scramble to destroy all evidence that the programs existed. That means the elimination of all agents and scientists working on the programs. With his life under threat, Cross now must work with a scientist (Rachel Weisz) who escaped her assassination to get the virus out of his body.

This is the first film after the Bourne trilogy that made Matt Damon an action leading man. Multiple plot lines run through a good half of the movie, leaving the audience to try to make sense of what is going on in the movie, but when the pieces of the jigsaw finally come together, you get to enjoy the action aspect of this intelligent thriller. Jeremy Renner who takes over the lead of the Bourne series of films, excels in the more human moments of the character where we see weakness and vulnerability of the super agent, making it clear that Renner is indeed the right choice to step into the franchise.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

Video courtesy of Universal Pictures.

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