Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind (2002)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5

USA/United Kingdom/Germany, 2002 .  , , , , .  Screenplay by , based on the book by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by . Costume Design by .  Film Editing by Berlin Film Festival 2003

Chuck Barris (Sam Rockwell) made quite a career for himself: a published songwriter, television game show producer, and CIA hitman all in one lifetime. According to his autobiography, Barris claims that he was approached by a secret operative from the government agency (played here by George Clooney, who also directs) who offered him a job as a hit man based on Barris’ profile and apparent need for quick cash. Once his game show career kicked in a few years later (Barris created The Dating Game, The Gong Show and The Newlywed Game among others), he found himself still attached to this job and called upon to bump some people off in various locales around the world. Clooney elicits fantastic performances from his entire cast, especially a riveting Rockwell in the lead role, but Charlie Kaufman’s script keeps changing focus and in the end feels like five different movies in one. The photography is fantastic, while gives the film’s most delightful performance as Barris’ self-confident, longtime girlfriend. Julia Roberts has a small cameo as another spy whom Barris runs into on a regular basis, and Clooney does a great job of avoiding her American apple pie image and finally filming her as an exotic beauty.

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