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The Dictator (2012)

Written By Awir Aditya on Saturday, September 15, 2012 | 11:02 AM


Genre: Comedy/Drama/Adventure

Starring: Sacha Baron Cohen, Anna Faris, Ben Kingsley, Jason Mantzoukas

Middle-Eastern dictators and their larger than life approach has astonished the entire world. Everyone has heard of their laws where they take down anyone opposing them, having countless mistresses, having all the money you can imagine and doing almost anything that comes to their mind. President Prime Minister Admiral General Haffaz Aladeen aka Allison Burgers (Baron Cohen) is the dictator of the small north African country of Wadiya. His love to kill anyone who disagrees with him, no matter if he is already dead, is the supreme head of everything, from military to hospitals and schools and has trained female bodyguards at all times. The UN decides to intervene in Wadiya's economy be preventing them from developing nuclear weapons and forcing them to sell their oil. In order to prevent a military attack from the UN, General Aladeen reaches NY, USA or in his words 'The Birthplace of AIDS'. The movie is hilarious but its the kind of humour that doesn't make sense and can be defined as 'lame' by many. But isn't Sacha Baron Cohen all about having lame humour? The puns and insults at various real people, organisations and companies is shocking at first but hilarious later. The movie is a far better improvement from Borat and Bruno but still has a far way to go to become really exciting. A leave-your-brains-at-home movie after which you might just make you contemplate the level of absurdity that people can get to.

Thumbs up: Light and fun
Thumbs down: Humour might be a bit too lame for some

Rating: 6.3/10
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