Starring: Rob Lowe, Carrie-Ann Moss, Jamie Chung, Julie Bowen,
David Harbour and Eric McCormack
Directed by: Bill Guttentag
An Emily Blunt Review
Here’s another political behind-the-scenes in the same vein
as Wag the Dog. Manipulations and lies bring powerful
people into politics; regardless of their actual qualifications
or moral fortitudes.
goes…Political Strategist, Paul Turner (Rob Lowe) is juggling
the candidates he works for. His job is to get them elected even
when they slip into an intern, or have private lives that would
make some blush like a debutante circa 1901 at a man placing his
arm below her waist.
new kid on the team, Kerstin (Jamie Chung), watches and takes
notes on how being corrupt is not wrong, it’s part of the
job description. The little caterpillar will certainly blossom
into a butterfly...well, a post cocoon insect at least.
the midst of it all the as usual comes a great hope in candidate-want-to-be
Penelope (Carrie Ann Moss). She's an actual helpful doctor at
a free clinic and bi golly she’s got the desire to do good
for her neighborhood. She wants to be Mayor - but - naturally,
no cash to back up her would-be clean run.
film has its high points. A few times you feel nauseated by the
lengths a politician’s team will go through to get them
elected. The stomach churn comes from the realization that much
of this is true. The storylines are taken from life’s arenas.
Sure, liberties are taken, and drama is mixed in with a few too
many sub-plots; film stretching perhaps? But, Knife Fight
is worthy of a viewing, if for no other reason, than to remind
yourself politicians are the same; Bipartisan puppets, and if
a good guy slips in? Something under-handed probably got them
there…and their game begins.
Lowe is aging like a fine wine. His looks probably keep him from
being taken seriously…but the man can act. Eric McCormack
and David Harbour may make you have all-over chills. They are
those familiar (emphasis on “liar”) faces we see on
poster asking for our votes. Pearly whites sharpened, shining
and aimed directly at the part of our brain that says a good looking
human equals trustworthy.
Gals in the film hold their own. Julie Bowen (Modern Family fame)
plays her part wonderfully sleazy. And Carrie-Ann Moss is the
picture of the do-gooder with a dream.
an effort to see this and take it for what it is: a look into
how far politicians and their ‘people’ go to create
the myth we vote for - and a couple of mansteaks thrown in to
ease the awful truth in.