‘Beirut’ Trailer: Jon Hamm Negotiates in ‘82 Lebanon

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Bleeker Street has dropped the trailer for Beirut, an upcoming historical thriller starring Jon Hamm, Rosamund Pike and Dean Norris.

Set in Lebanon in 1982, the film tells of a former U.S. diplomat (Hamm) who, after losing his wife in an attack in the country ten years earlier, is brought back to war-torn Beirut by CIA operatives (Rosamund Pike) to negotiate for the life of a friend he left behind.

It looks like relatively well-directed thriller and the lead performances appear strong, although it must be said that there’s a bit of an outcry due to the film’s apparent inaccuracies and depiction of Lebanon. The thumbs down-to-up ratio and scathing comments on the trailer’s YouTube page alone paint a pretty clear picture. Having your lead character closing out the trailer with “2000 years of revenge, vendetta, murder. Welcome to Beirut” may not help things either. Then there’s the tagline, calling ’82 Beirut the “Paris of the Middle East”. Still, we’ll see whether the film manages to deliver in other areas upon release.

Helmer Brad Anderson (Session 9, The Machinist, The Call) directs from a screenplay by two-time Oscar nominee Tony Gilroy, whose script credits include The Devil’s Advocate, the Bourne trilogy, Michael Clayton and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

The film opens in the US on April 13.

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