Watch Beirut full movie online free – I have no ideas about the history of this movie, but it is a great experience to look into something from a fiction story to the humanity side. The movie (Beirut) did Not try to make people hate each other, it try to make peace. It makes me rethink of stepping into other country with forces wouldn’t earn any rewards until all could be killed or hunted in different ways. Make true friends better then hate each other…
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Beirut review by Dvelagal – Awesome thriller
I happened to watch the trailer of this movie when I went to another movie, and found it impressive. So, I went to watch the movie, and I was blown away. I never knew much about John Hamm and after watching this movie, all I can say is he is an incredible actor. I have no idea of the historical accuracy of the events, but the direction is absolutely fantastic! Great story telling by the director: Mark Anderson. I don’t remember watching such an edge-of-the-seat thriller in recent times.
Beirut review by Kbellenfant – My 22 son fell asleep
I read the reviews here before I went to see the movie and it seems like most of the older reviews were negative and the more recent ones were more positive. I was misled by the more favorable reviews into somehow thinking that this was an exciting and on the edge of your seat drama. It was not.
As others have mentioned. The pacing of the first two thirds of the movie is ponderous. Sure, a backstory is necessary, but this was absurd. Also, other reviewers have mentioned the handheld photography and and I’m not knowledgeable regarding that sort of thing but it was definitely noticeable that the photography was inferior, and it was distracting, and made it harder to get immersed in the movie.
The pace of the last half hour was much faster and perhaps saved the movie for anyone that was still awake.
I initially got my wife to go by telling her this was going sorta be like “Homeland”. What a lie. Any episode of Homeland, over its entire 7 seasons, is much more exciting, and made much better than this movie.
I did think that Rosamund Pike was outstanding, and that Jon Hamm gave a good performance, but the movie overall was disappointing, and I had to apologize to the family for my poor choice.
Beirut review by Springfieldrental – Good, taunt espionage movie set in Middle East battleground
“Beirut” is a film that demands you to be on your toes throughout. This intriguing picture emerges as a mental challenge containing multi-layers of plot devices from beginning to end. Yet in the final analysis, “Beirut” is worth all the cerebral jigsaw gnashing once the viewer puts all the pieces together.
The story is set during the 1980’s Lebanese Civil War where various factions, from Muslims to Christians to Palestinians to Israelites are mixing it up in the Mediterranean seaport and former vacation spot. Filmed in Morocco, scriptwriter Tony GIlroy, he of the “Bourne” series, establishes his fictional plot amidst the historical background of this turbulent time. Actor Jon Hamm’s fine performance is understated as required by his character as the cool negotiator, though half the time drunk, who’s fighting his personal demons while tight walking through a literal minefield in rescuing his kidnapped friend from terrorists.
As someone wrote, they rarely make such challenging grown-up movies such as this anymore. “Beirut” harkens back to the days when the industry was making films such as 1982’s “Missing” and 1969’s “Z.” This movie must be doing something right since my friends and I talked about all the logical plot twists after the ending. I hope this picture is successful since as director Billy Wilder said, “If I get to have my viewers to discuss my movie over drinks for 15 minutes, I think I’ve done my job.” I read that anecdote from the fine book “The 15 Geniuses behind the Lens: How the Best Film Directors Shaped Today’s Movies” that I recently purchased from Amazon.
Beirut review by Paul Allaer – Dense and overly plot-heavy Middle-East political thriller
“Beirut” (2018 release; 109 min.) brings the story of Mason Skiles, a US diplomat in Beirut. As the movie opens, it is “1972” and Skiles is hosting a party. At the party is Karim, a 13 yr. old Lebanese boy whom Skiles and his wife have informally come to care for, A CIA officer is demanding that Karim be handed over, as his brother is linked to the Munich Olympic Games’ terrorist attack. Then out of the blue an attack ensures, and the attackers take off with Karim, and murder Skiles’ wife along the way. We then go to “10 years later”… At this point we’re 10 min. into the movie but to tell you more of the plot would spoil your viewing experience, you’ll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.
Couple of comments: this is the latest movie from director Brad Anderson (best known for “The Machinist” and “Transsiberian”) and writer Tony Gilroy, who wrote all of the Bourne movies (and also directed one). Beware: the movie’s ads scream out “from the writer of the Bourne trilogy”, but if you are expecting an action movie in the same vein as the Bourne movies, you will be hugely disappointed. “Beirut” is NOT an action movie. Instead, it is a dense, plot-heavy political thriller. The only similarity with the Bourne movies is that much of “Beirut” is filmed with hand-held cameras (and hence at times close to inducing a headache from all the shaking pictures). Jon Hamm seems to relish his role as the hard-charging, hard-drinking Mason Skiles. Rosamund Pike (the other ‘big’ name), on the other hand, seems utterly lost as the CIA operative who may or may not have other ulterior motives in all this. The movie’s photography is heavily skewed towards orange, as it appears many of the day-time scenes were shot late in the afternoon when the sun is providing that type of color.
“Beirut” premiered at this year’s Sundance film festival to general great acclaim. The movie is now playing in select theaters. The Tuesday evening screening where I saw this at was attended poorly (5 people in total, including myself). If you are in the mood for a dense and plot-heavy (a bit too much for my liking) political thriller set in the Middle East, this one is right up your allay, and I’d suggest you check out “Beirut”, be it in the theater, on VOD, or eventually on DVD/Blu-ray, and draw your own conclusion
Beirut review by lor_ – Hamm is the new Bogie
Tony Gilroy’s thriller “Beirut”, tautly directed by Brad Anderson, propels that iconic “Mad Men” tv star Jon Hamm into the long-vacant Hollywood position created in the ’40s by Humphrey Bogart. It’s a character persona of disillusioned, world-weary masculine presence that springs into action, however reluctantly, when absolutely necessary.
Previous IMDb reviews of this exciting film either have been premature (of the “Gee, I can’t wait to see it” non-review content) or ignorantly dismissive, as if fiction had to be judged by reality standards, or location hunting be abandoned in favor of merely using the practical “real” places from the script. I guess Matt Damon in “The Martian” was somehow exempt from that latter idiotic requirement.
Several hit films come to mind, clearly “Argo” the most relevant in terms of demonstrating box office potential, and Hamm is blessed with a talented and selfless co-star in a key yet subdued role by Rosamund Pike, coincidentally having risen to stardom in “Argo” maestro Ben Affleck’s “Gone Girl”. The director cites Peter Weir’s “The Year of Living Dangerously” as a key influence, and that’s a fine source to draw from.
I appoint Hamm as the next Bogie because in addition to his classic good looks as leading man he captures here and in “Mad Men” the uncanny ability to define a film noir hero -self-divided, prone to hitting the bottle, and winning over a viewer no matter how close he comes to betraying his best moral instincts in service of self-interest. Certainly he could handle a remake of “Casablanca” (perhaps with currently hot-hot Scandi star Alicia VIkander as co-star) without much of a stretch.
Though low-budget and closer to pulp than a major Hollywood blockbuster, “Beirut” succeeds because it is fun, not because it is giving us a history lesson. The cliches of its genre and the unfortunate real-life cliches of the Middle East as a quagmire work very well in the traditional roller-coaster ride that is what Hollywood does best. Quibbling over accuracy is absurd; rather Gilroy should be commended for fashioning, over a period of several decades, a tight script that makes its historical points while firmly inhabiting the fantasy land of movies.
Beirut review by 1024 – Great movie if it doesn’t offend you
I was surprised at the low viewer ratings here at IMDB (and other viewer review sites), especially given the relatively good critics’ ratings. With a bit more research I found out this may be due to, depending on your perspective, a legitimate protest based on the background and location of the movie as well as the trailer. I’d recommend reading the negative reviews. If these don’t bother you then you’ll find an interesting and exciting spy thriller well worth seeing, with plenty of twists and tense moments.
Beirut review by PotassiumMan – Hostage thriller finishes strong but is too uneven
A dark, dimly-lit account of the U.S. State Department’s effort to negotiate the release of a U.S. hostage taken in Beirut, Lebanon in 1982 does have its moments and boasts workmanlike performances from Jon Hamm who brings his trademark guile and imperiousness and from Rosamund Pike as a steely-eyed CIA operative. Hamm is a former U.S. envoy who unexpectedly finds himself returning to Lebanon on a surprise assignment from the U.S. government.
I do appreciate a film that sheds light on how much an area of tension Lebanon was in the 1980’s, a part of history that is not widely understood. In Lebanon, we get to see how many sides there are and how each is at each other’s throats, including the Palestinian Liberation Army, Syria and Israel as well as the United States security presence.
Unfortunately, I struggled way too often to stay awake in the early and intermediate parts of the film in which almost nothing happens and that was with my sitting in the front row. It almost rendered me comatose, which is why I’m not recommending this film.
Beirut review by Richie-67-485852 – Beirut Blues
Easy on the senses with touches of tension, drama and surprises awaits those that catch this movie. It move fast and manages to entertain and keep ones attention from start to finish. The main star is a handsome talented man that seems perfect the role given/assigned so kudos there. The rest play their parts adequately and the result is a movie. It’s not top notch in its field but an entry into international political intrigue and does give one a decent return for time and money. Good snack movie and if you catch it on cable that’s good enough. It is always good to be reminded how lucky we Americans are to live in America regardless of our own troubles and hang-ups. Watching this shows how other countries don’t handle dispute very well or have a long term planning but instead a day to day getting by type living. Be careful however for it is easy to get a dose of the….
Beirut review by Garygwilliams – A taut suspenseful thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat
Jon Hamm has become a true film star. His work in this effort is dazzling as the alcoholic, broken, former diplomatic whiz kid who gets called on to broker a deal that only he can make. A stout supporting cast brings the story to life that clearly shows a city at war. Many will see this as a unrealistic, stereotypical portrayal of both Lebanese and Israeli people which it is. But it is just a movie not revisionist history.
Beirut review by Niki Kefala – A solid addition to the espionage genre
This is an old-fashioned spy thriller, and as such it succeeds. “Beirut” takes us behind the scenes of a complex situation. The plotting, though not without cliche, is dense enough to keep you intrigued. There are no extraneous pieces, everything fits together like a puzzle. Jon Hamm adds movie-star and he delivers his best big screen performance yet in a good old fashioned political thriller with a good enough Tony Gilroy script. The actor is the film’s biggest asset with his powerful performance as Skiles, a tortured man who struggles to find his way through a labyrinth of violence and betrayal.
While the actors give depth to their characters, it is the well-written and intellectually challenging story by Tony Gilroy that is the glue that brings the film together. Taken as a suspenseful thriller, “Beirut” is a tense and engaging film, with just enough action to get the job done. It is a solid addition to the espionage genre.
Beirut review by ops-52535 – a crook on every corner
Well, lebanon in 1982, beirut, bekaa, drusers, christians, muslims. Amal militsia, maroniths, sabra, shatila, hizzbolah, plo, israel, u.s.a, syria, haddad, phalangists, gemayel, arafat, sharon, you name it. It was like a wasps nest and you could be stung everywhere, and everyone had a pricetag on its head if you had pale skin and caucatian looks. The tema of this film are typical, kidnapping, prison exhange and ransom money. It’s a well made film, though a bit dull and grey in the filmography, a bit slow paced, nice acting by mr.hamm. You will have a benefit if you know the history book.
Beirut review by Siderite – The mark of a good thinking film is that it’s disliked by a lot of people
The film is a bit underwhelming as effects go. It is mostly about people and their interactions. However, it shines in the areas of story, plot and acting. The sets are great and the messages interspersed throughout what is a genuine political thriller are as important now as they were around the Lebanese civil war in 1980, when the film’s action is taking place. John Hamm plays a diplomat who sees his own life suddenly collapse as fast as the fragile peace in Beirut does. Ten years later he must return to negotiate the return of his old friend from a hostage situation. Americans, Israelis, Arabs of all persuasions, they all pull in one direction or another, with Hamm’s character the only one interested only in saving his friend.
Bottom line: a very well thought out and well crafted film, with the tension rising and rising until the very end when it all blows up. A glimpse into the birth of the age of terrorism and the forces at play.
Beirut review by Halsy Knox – A most excellent drama…
Nothing extraneous. Everything minimal, to the point and smart. Room for intelligent viewers to draw their own conclusions. It’s not a film about the conflict between Palestine and Israel. It’s a film about a broken man who isn’t seeking redemption but gets a chance at any way. Everyone is more or less painted as villain and victim, and that’s entirely fair, and entirely accurate. There’s no real winning in these sorts of scenarios, just minimizing the damage.
On a technical level it’s rock solid film craft all around. All the actors do a good job. Hamm and Pike are perfect for their roles and really nail it. Well worth the watch. I was engrossed from start to finish. So ignore the trolls and obvious shills who are castigating this film for their various political beliefs because it’s a damn good film.