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MOVIE REVIEW | Special Correspondents (2016)

In a nutshell, Bored & Dangerous says: “If nothing else, Special Correspondents is a great show reel for Gervais the director.”

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“We’ve got wine, snacks, not being shot at.”

While Netflix is killing it with original TV shows, it’s still a little new to the feature film game for me to automatically associate it with quality.  Although, Beasts of No Nation and Pee Wee’s Big Holiday make a pretty good case for the streaming service knowing what they’re doing.  But they were also movies that I heard about long before they came out.  When an original Netflix movie, with a pretty good cast pops up out of nowhere, with no buzz, that makes me a little worried.  But that cast was enough to make me take a chance on Special Correspondents.

Working for a news radio station in New York, Frank Bonneville (Eric Bana) is a hot shot reporter.  Not because of how well he reports the news, but because of how well he can create sensationalism from the smallest kernels of the truth.  Helping report those stories is nebbish sound engineer, Ian Finch (Ricky Gervais).  When a massive story begins to break in Ecuador, Frank and Finch are sent south of the border to report live from the scene. (more…)