The host of an investigative news show is convinced by the CIA that the friends he has invited to a weekend in the country are engaged in a conspiracy that threatens national security in this adaptation of the Robert Ludlum novel.
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A heavy-handed, in focus and emotion, political thriller from Sam Peckinpah. The Osterman Weekend never ignites and catches fire in its plot or story, and even the action and twists have an air of numbness to them, in that, there's a feeling these ideas could've worked better, but oddly aren't directed with that energy and creative fire that Peckinpah is known for. Instead, they're stilted and confused.
This is an entertaining piece of paranoia thriller but it just doesn't have that Peckinpah greatness, it just feels like he went through the motions. The fucked up thing is he could go through the motions better than anybody.
Why this isn't considered one of Peckinpah's best, I will never know! Yes, the political conspiracy plot is flawed and full of glaring holes but does that really matter in the long run? With the evidence of the dark knight trilogy and the star trek movies, I think a modern audiences can forgive a flawed story if there's more at work. And baby, this movie delivers! Such a hilarious play on friendship dynamics! Loved.
Far from the old days of glory when this filmmaker could shock, unbalance or move us. You could tell he wasn't really into the story at all, though I can't blame him for that, in the everything seems so futile and silly. The only good points are the ensemble cast and some of Bloody Sam's trademark slow motion action scenes. Unintriguing, forgettable.
Paranoid thriller about the power of images and political manipulations. John Hurt, as the Great Manipulator and the alter ego of director Sam Peckinpah, creates a new reality meant to deceive. He's also an observer, a witness, like Peckinpah, of the bursts of violence that accentuate this first-rate movie. Highly recommended.
Twelve years after Straw Dogs, you don't need to break any doors or windows to invade someone's home. You just need their television set. With the proliferation of surveillance and video games ever since, The Osterman Weekend has only gained in relevance.