Loosely based on true events Our Brand Is Crisis tells the story of Jane Bodine (Sandra Bullock), a washed out election campaign strategist who is asked to set aside her own personal problems, including alcoholism, in order to make a comeback by going to Bolivia to mastermind the election campaign of a presidential hopeful.

When she gets there she finds that her candidate’s main opponent has hired her old advisory and flame Pat Candy (Billy Bob Thornton). The film then follows them both as they resort to any trick in the book in order to get their man elected president.

The problem with Our Brand is Crisis is that it has a bit of a crisis itself. The crisis being one of an identity as at times it doesn’t know if it’s trying to be a comedy, a drama or a feel good film? One minute a lama is being hit by car and Jane Bodine is mooning out of a bus window the next thing the characters are mixed up in the evils of politics and are trying to explain about the International Monetary Fund.

The story, by Peter Straughan, is pretty predictable stuff and the outcome of the film might never be in any doubt however Our Brand Is Crisis just about passes muster thanks to a spirited and charismatic performance by Bullock.

Our Brand Is Crisis (15)

1h 47m

Director: David Gordon Green

Starring: Sandra Bullock, Billy Bob Thornton, Zoe Kazan, Scoot McNairy

UK Release: Friday 22nd January 2016