Friday, 20 May 2016

Special Correspondents

Lowdown: A radio journalist and his sound technician stuck in the USA have to invent their news coverage from South America.
This blog is a big fan of Ricky Gervais, and in Special Correspondents this actor/director does not fail to deliver the kind of light entertainment experience [that can only work when one isn't expecting more than light entertainment].
The premises are simple, of the "haven't we seen this before" type: A radio journalist that thinks himself a hotshot (Eric Bana, whose late absence from my screen has been mourned) is sent on a mission to cover a South American Revolution together with a lacklustre sound technician (Gervais). Due to the latter's nature, they miss their flight and find themselves unable to enter their destination. So what does a journalist do?
They enclose themselves in the building across the street from their own radio station and make their news stories up, of course. Only that their escapades are, let us say, more influential than the two think they would be...
OK, we all know that in this age of the NSA tracking every breath you take and every move you make™, Special Correspondent could not really take place. Still, it is a funny story about relationships between people and how even the people we think less of can shine while others can reveal themselves true a-holes.
In other words, Bana and Gervais did well on my screen even if they brought nothing new with them.
Overall: 3 out of 5 light crabs.

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