by Lee Purvey
In the age of the biopic, American cinema’s obsession with the agents of greatness has never been clearer. Whether it’s the latest iteration of Steve Jobs or a president that’s been dead for a century and a half, “great men” are (somewhat disturbingly) in.
On the big screen, the collateral damage of these great lives is as important as their triumphs. The mental health of a young man in last year’s Whiplash, paternal duty in the brand new Steve Jobs, the money of a thousand schmucks in The Wolf of Wall Street -- these are the lambs to be sacrificed on the altar of success, as defined under late capitalism. The trouble with Burnt, the latest example of this subgenre, is that the stakes are so vaguely defined, the story so poorly executed that its casualties seem more the products of cruelty than necessary sacrifices to the cult of exceptionalism.
Director: John Wells
Producers: Stacey Sher, Erwin Stoff
Writers: Steven Knight, Michael Kalesniko (story)
Cinematographer: Adriano Goldman
Editor: Nick Moore
Music: Rob Simonsen
Cast: Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Daniel Bruhl, Riccardo Scamarcio, Omar Sy, Sam Keeley, Sam Keeley, Matthew Rhys, Stephen Campbell Moore, Emma Thompson, Uma Thurman, Lexi Benbow-Hart, Alicia Vikander, Lily James
US Theatrical Release: October 30, 2015
US Distributor: The Weinstein Company