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Summer 2009

Burn After Reading (2008) movie review

The Wages of Greed

When a pair of gym employees with more greed than brains find potentially important information they decide to hold it to ransom.

Typical of the dark irony of the Coen brothers (Fargo,) two people with little intelligence are trying to sell some. Obviously a little intelligence can be a dangerous thing in the world of Coens.

A familiar cast plays their roles to the hilt as murder and mayhem ensues.

But if all the characters are not so much quirky as self-centred and unlikeable, why would the audience care? Is noir with characters who bring their own downfall entertaining only to sadists?

Movie poster, Burn After Reading; Festivale film review

Movie poster, Burn After Reading; Festivale film review

Intelligence is relative

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by Ali Kayn
Due for Australian release 16 Oct 2008
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See also: Fargo, Intolerable Cruelty

Just the facts:

Title: Burn After Reading (2008)
Written by: Ethan Coen & Joel Coen
Directed by: Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
running time: 96 mins
rating: MA

The Players: George Clooney, Frances McDormand, John Malkovich, Tilda Swinton, Brad Pitt,

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