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Burn After Reading (2008)

Written By Awir Aditya on Wednesday, September 30, 2009 | 6:16 AM


Genre: Drama/Crime/Comedy

Starring: George Clooney, Frances McDormand, John Malkovich, Tilda Swinton, Brad Pitt

This is precisely what happens when various different people get involved with each other unnecessarily and just end up screwing up their lives. Osbourne Cox (Malkovich) gets fired from his government job and is writing a book. Seeing his hopeless situation, his wife Katie (Swinton) wants a divorce. Chad (Pitt) and Linda (Mc Dormand) work in a gym. They both find Osbourne's CD with his half-written book and other confidential information. With Linda wanting to collect money for her cosmetic surgery, the duo get over-enthusiastic and use it to extort money from him. Linda is meanwhile dating Harry (Clooney) who is also sleeping with Katie and Harry is about to get a divorce from his own wife. Chad and Linda hand over the CD to the Russian's (For no reason whatsoever) since they seem to be the more sinister types. One thing just keeps leading to another and everything becomes one big mess. The light hints of sarcasm in the movie is simply amazing. You cant expect anything less from a movie with such an awesome star cast. Malkovich just adds a different flavour to every abuse that comes out of his mouth. A definite one-time watch, but as the dialogue in the end of the movie goes "What do we learn Palmer?" "Well I don't know sir" "Neither do I, but I guess we learn not to do it again". Burn after reading? Burn after watching.

Thumbs up: Brad Pitt and John Malkovich
Thumbs down: A few dragged scenes here and there

Rating: 7.1/10
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