We don't live in a world of black and white anymore. There is no right and wrong anymore. We live in a grey world nowadays, where people have rights to speak their minds and do whatever they want. This is about the freedom of choice and how we able to distinguish between what's good for yourself.
Nick Naylor (Aaron Eckhart) is a chief spokeman for Big Tobacco Company with a spin doctor talent and quality. His job is to inform the public about the knowledge of cigarette companies research. Every week, he meets his friends Polly Bailey (Maria Bello) and Bobby Jay Bliss (David Koechner); the lobbyists for alcohol and guns industries. The three of them are dubbed M.O.D (Merchants Of Death). He has a son named Joey (Cameron Bright) who looks up to him. A senator named Finister (William H. Macy) is trying to stop him, and a journalist named Heather Holloway (Katie Holmes) is making an article about him. Directed by Jason Reitman. Based on a novel by Christopher Buckley.
This movie is painfully hilarious, although it is not a laughing matter kind of movie. It's a dark comedy about how society has changed throughout the years about matters that are deemed politically incorrect. It's a satire movie about what society nowadays tells us what to do, instead of letting us choose for ourselves. It is not about smoking only, but all those things in life. I like how most of the characters aren't actually good people, and yet they are likeable and manages to give us a rare explanation about their behavior and their codes. Let's just say characters that have moral flexibility always gets my vote. I feel like what they are explaining about some stuff are acceptable, although it's arguable. "And that's the beauty of argument, if you're argue correctly -- you never wrong." Priceless. I'm not saying that people should try smoking right away after watching this movie. The fact that I'm a casual smoker does not change the fact that smoking is bad for you, but that is the choice I make. Someday I will stop, I can stop whenever I can, but that's either here nor there.
The point is about this movie, that it pokes fun every aspect of society, whether you are pro or contra about smoking or other things in life that considered to be politically incorrect. We can discuss about this subject until our mouth foams, but let's focus with the movie, shall we? The directing, the cinematography, and the script are excellent. I love it. The color of this movie is very warm, very contrast to the dark element of the topic. Jason Reitman finally able to let go his dad's (Ivan Reitman) shadow as a comedic director. I hope he keeps it up. Aaron Eckhart is brilliant in this movie. Every lines and monologues are being delivered like fast ball, and he is charming without even being sickening. The one flaw is unfortunately, again I have to point up to Katie Holmes. She seems being miscast, but I can forgive her 'cause she's a bit better compared to other movies. Great lines, great casting, great subject, great movie altogether. Truly recommended.
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