I never let a moment go by to praise Brad Anderson as one of today’s most underrated filmmakers. If you haven’t experienced his snowy mystery Transsiberian you are seriously missing out, but he’s done other great work such as The Machinist and Session 9. Next week he’ll be in Park City for the Sundance debut of Beirut, which sees him teaming up with Michael Clayton and ‘Bourne‘ writer Tony Gilroy for a political thriller with a hell of a cast.
Jon Hamm, Rosamund Pike, Shea Whigham, Dean Norris, and Larry Pine star in the ’80s set film about a U.S. diplomat who is sent in to Beirut on a dangerous mission by the CIA where it’s tough to tell the allies from his enemies. Here’s the synopsis:
A U.S. diplomat (Jon Hamm) flees Lebanon in 1972 after a tragic incident at his home. Ten years later, he is called back to war-torn Beirut by CIA operatives (Rosamund Pike) to negotiate for the life of a friend he left behind.
Not the typical movie you expect to see at Sundance, which is all the more reason to track it down. Hopefully I’ll have a review for you soon, but if not Beirut will be in theaters on April 13th.