In this British political satire, fumbling development minister Simon Foster (Hollander) gives a radio interview that sends communications minister Malcolm Tucker (Capaldi) apoplectic because the British government is trying to downplay its involvement with the Americans in the imminent invasion of Iraq. Timid Simon is thrust into a media frenzy where his every utterance is analyzed. It's decided he can do less damage by getting shuttled off to Washington, where the Americans decide to use Simon for their own ends.
A Witty Crass Satire. Axellion at 2010-02-28 10:14:57
I sure hope this is not how international politics transpire, but there is probably some truth to it. In the Loop is a satirical comedy set during the build up to the Iraq war. A culture class between London and Washington political insiders based on a BBC television series: The Thick of it.
I found the film to be mostly unpleasant; there simply were almost no enjoyable characters. Besides Tom Hollanders funny, sincerely witty performance as British Minister Simon Foster, I was put off by the crassness and unlikable characters. Raging politicians and the constant passive aggressiveness was off-putting. I couldn?t connect with their motivation. I can understand the bigger picture about the rush to war, the twisting and spinning of words and documents. The almost pointless vulgarities turned me against the film.
In The Loop has some genuine laugh, mostly at the expense of the down on his luck Simon Foster, the writing amusing and quite clever. I didn?t connect with its message or is comedy, felt to satirical to be taken at face value on its message on the war, and to harsh and crass to be deeply humorous.