April 11, 2018

Beirut is in theaters on April 11th, 2018.

Beirut is a political thriller set in Lebanon during the 1980’s Lebanese civil war. John Hamm plays Mason Skiles, a former U.S. Diplomat who left the country after his wife was murdered. He returns 10 years later to work with the CIA (Rosamund Pike, Dean Norris - who by the way is unrecognizable!) to get his friend back that has been captured.

This movie was very entertaining, a lot of action and the overall tone was suspenseful. There are a couple scenes that show the destruction of war, buildings that were once beautiful reduced to rubble in the street and people saying “it’s not safe, you shouldn’t be here”. It will have you asking yourself, isn’t there another way? A diplomatic solution opposed to just throwing bombs all over the place? A movie that gets you thinking like that is one that got the message across.

I do think it’s weird that the movie was actually filmed in Morocco and not Beirut...but if you can get over that I think you’ll enjoy it. If you are sensitive to guns/terrorism/violence I would skip this one. There are some scenes that might make you a bit queasy.

Rating: 3 out of 5

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