Knifefight is an upcoming American political thriller written and directed by Bill Guttentag. This new film stars: Rob Lowe, Jamie Chung, Julie Bowen, Jennifer Morrisson and Carrie-Ann Moss. Knifefight revolves around a political strategist who is trying to juggle three clients’ questions on taking the high road or not. These contemplations were brought on due to the ugly side of his work beginning to haunt him. He is trying to see if it would be worth it to help a political candidate to win even though the candidate has his flaws. Knifefight premiered at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival and now it is scheduled to be released in selected cinemas in the United States on January 25th 2013. Check out an early review for this new film below:
“Knifefight: A Savvy Movie That Shares A Big Message To Everyone
As a bare-knuckle assault on the corruption that has come to define the creeping rot of American politics, Knife Fight is neither as satirical as Barry Levinson’s Wag the Dog nor as incisive and wrenching as George Clooney’s The Ides of March, but it’s a noble, shocking and inspired film worthy of attention.
Written and directed by Bill Guttentag (best known for documentaries) with an assist from co-writer Chris Lehane (a veteran political consultant to Bill and Hillary Clinton and Al Gore, so he knows the territory), the title of Knife Fight comes from the saying “Don’t bring a knife to a gunfight.” It’s a motto to live by in general, but especially in politics, which is depicted here as the ugliest, cruelest and most immoral blood sport on the planet. It’s a figure of speech with special meaning for high-priced spin doctors like Paul Turner (Rob Lowe), a go-to guide for politicians in trouble who will stop at nothing to perform triage on bleeding clients in the political ring. Don’t bring a knife to a gunfight, says Paul, but the only way to win is to bring a gun to a knife fight. Right now, he’s got two clients who have waded into a stream full of crocodiles—Kentucky Governor Larry Becker (Eric McCormack, who has come a long way, baby, since Will & Grace) and California Senator Stephen Green (David Harbour), both in the midst of heated re-election campaigns. There’s also a potential third client—an honest, idealistic, fund-raising doctor (Carrie-Anne Moss) who runs a free clinic on pathetically inadequate state funds and really believes she can improve society and help the underprivileged by running for governor of California, but needs a power broker like Paul to help her. Sounds like a good cause, but who has time and money to invent a new political star who is—God forbid—an honest humanitarian? He blows her off.
Paul has his hands full trying to clean up messes for his top clients. Running against a popular baseball player, Gov. Becker appeals to his redneck constituents by attacking Wall Street and the banking industry, promising new laws to protect hardworking Kentuckians from future mortgage foreclosures, and then, coached by Paul, plays on their sympathy by dragging out exaggerated tales of his impoverished youth, living with his struggling mother and sister in a one-room apartment. While the Kentucky governor is in the middle of destroying his opponent’s reputation by exposing his confidential medical records, the California senator, a Purple Heart war hero with a bad back, makes the mistake of seducing a sexy massage therapist in the middle of a rubdown, who then blackmails him for $2 million. Paul’s idea of damage control, as he digs up two previous dismissed charges of prostitution against the masseuse: “You, sir, are a war hero who served your country in the freezing mountains of Afghanistan while she was selling her pussy at the Beverly Hills Hotel. It’s your word against hers, so you should be okay.”
The rest of the article can be read at The New York Observer
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