(2022) (Christian Bale, John David Washington) (R)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Dramedy: Two 1930s-era friends uncover a nefarious plot while trying to clear their names as suspects in a murder they didn't commit.
It's 1933 and doctor Burt Berendsen (CHRISTIAN BALE) and lawyer Harold Woodman (JOHN DAVID WASHINGTON) are best friends who met in Europe in WWI when Burt was tasked with leading an all-black soldier unit that included Harold and Milton King (CHRIS ROCK) among others.
Burt and Harold ended up badly wounded in the war and were nursed back to health by Valerie Voze (MARGOT ROBBIE), with the three then forming a sort of three musketeers bond while relaxing in Amsterdam with the help of American spy Henry Norcross (MICHAEL SHANNON) and British spy Paul Canterbury (MIKE MYERS).
But Burt felt the need to return to the States to his wife, Beatrice (ANDREA RISEBOROUGH), who was horrified by his scarred appearance, while her upper-crust father didn't approve of him helping lowercase veterans in their neighborhood.
Now Burt continues aiding those people -- specifically with their chronic pain -- but gets a different request for help when Liz Meekins (TAYLOR SWIFT) shows up and wants him and medical examiner nurse Irma St. Clair (ZOE SALDANA) to perform an emergency autopsy on her general turned senator father. And that's because she believes he's been murdered, and with him having previously led Burt and Harold in battle, they comply.
When Burt and Harold go to give her the results, she's murdered, with the killer pinning blame on them, causing them to go on the run. That makes them the prime suspects in the eyes of detectives Getweiler (MATTHIAS SCHOENAERTS) and Hiltz (ALESSANDRO NIVOLA) and thus the friends must set out to clear their names.
As they try to get help from Valerie's rich brother, Tom (RAMI MALEK), and wife, Libby (ANYA TAYLOR-JOY) and General Gil Dillenbeck (ROBERT DE NIRO), they uncover something far more nefarious than they expected.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- Those who are fans of anyone in the huge cast or the director, David O. Russell ("Silver Linings Playbook," "American Hustle"), might be interested.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
- For brief violence and bloody images.
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