(2016) (Tom Hanks, Alexander Black) (R)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Dramedy: A man who's lost direction his life travels to Saudi Arabia in hopes of selling 3D hologram virtual meeting software to the king, but must contend with various setbacks and obstacles.
- Alan Clay (TOM HANKS) is a man who's lost direction his life. Once a promising corporate executive, his career derailed when he helped moved production of a popular American bicycle overseas, and now his marriage is ending and the family's lack of money means his daughter is going to have to take a year off from college. Hoping to reinvent himself, Alan takes a sales job for a high-tech firm and travels to Saudi Arabia in hopes of selling 3D hologram virtual meeting software to the king.
When he oversleeps and misses his transportation, he hires local driver Yousef (ALEXANDER BLACK) to drive him out to a city that doesn't exist yet, at least beyond the headquarters building for the future metropolis. Alan and his tech team -- consisting of Cayley (CHRISTY MEYER), Brad (DAVID MENKIN) and Rachel (MEGAN MACZKO) -- are put up in a nearby tent with less than ideal trappings and must then wait. But neither the King nor his assistant, Karim Al-Ahmad (KHALID LAITH), shows up, resulting in Alan becoming increasingly miffed about being forgotten, overlooked or simply ignored by those he's come to pitch.
He eventually meets Danish contractor Hanne (SIDSE BABETT KNUDSEN) who's working in the headquarters, but ends up refusing her casual sex advances at a wild party. The back and forth travel from the hotel to the future city -- as driven by Yousef -- eventually takes a toll on Alan, as does a large bump in the skin on his back. When he attempts to remedy that himself, he ends up having to see local doctor Zahra Hakem (SARITA CHOUDHURY) and finds himself smitten with this strong woman in a country not known for supporting that. As he continues with his hope of demonstrating his product, he begins to wonder if there might be something between him and Zahra.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- Older teens seem the most likely to be interested among those under 18.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
- For some sexuality/nudity, language and brief drug use.
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