Beirut

Beirut

(2018)

Beirut, 1982: The Paris of the Middle East was burning.

Jon Hamm is a former U.S. diplomat and negotiator returning to Beirut to save a former colleague in this political thriller. Co-stars Rosamund Pike and Breaking Bad's Dean Norris. Brad Anderson (The Machinist) directs a screenplay by Tony Gilroy (Rogue One and Bourne writer, director of Michael Clayton).... More

"Mason Skiles (Hamm), a top U.S. diplomat, left Lebanon in the 1970s after a tragic incident. Ten years later, the CIA calls him back to a war-torn Beirut with a mission only he can accomplish. Meanwhile, a CIA field agent who is working undercover at the American embassy is tasked with keeping Skiles alive and ensuring that the mission is a success. Without knowing who is on his side and with lives on the line, Skiles must outmaneuver everyone to expose the truth." (Sundance Film Festival)Hide

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  • Mostly the film trades in an agreeably old-school form of cinematic espionage intrigue. Full Review

  • A period political thriller whose motivations remain timely. Full Review

  • Like any good spy tale, there's the wounded man in the center, and [Jon] Hamm (mostly bouncing off his CIA handler Rosamund Pike) has got the hollow hero thing down after seven seasons of Mad Men. Full Review

  • Mostly the film trades in an agreeably old-school form of cinematic espionage intrigue. Full Review

  • Jon Hamm adds movie-star class and a world-weary Don Draper touch to this mediocre spy thriller containing plot twists you may think are reductive of the Muslim world. You're not wrong. Full Review

  • Gilroy is a master at laying out a twisty plot, and Anderson directs with the kind of verve that enables almost all the twists to hit us with the force of surprise. Full Review

  • The absence of Arab voices beyond those of the terrorists further flattens a movie that never fully takes satisfying shape. Full Review