A Hologram For The King: A Review

AHologramForTheKingDirected By: Tom Tykwer
Starring: Tom Hanks
Status: Released

Going into this, I didn’t know what to expect. Just by the title itself you think it’s going to be some strange science fiction movie centred around royals and holograms set in the year 2525….

“That Was Not The Case”

based on a book by a guy named Dave Eggers and helmed by Tom Tykwer. The film tells the story of a washed up American businessman named Allan Clay who travels to Saudi Arabia to sell a Holographic teleconferencing system to the Saudi government. Set in 2010 before the rise of the arab spring which turned the middle east into a barren battlefield, Allan Clay is depressed having just lost his house and being divorced by his wife during the great recession, he arrives in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to make a sale for an upcoming development called The King’s Metropopolis of Economy and Trade (a fictionalized account of King Abdullah Economic City).

Before we get any further, here is a direct quote from a fellow critic (mass media):

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Read His Full Review HERE

In a lot of ways I agree with his point that Tom Hanks can take anything he does and turn it into top quality entertainment just based on his nice guy personality. That being said this movie just didn’t do it for me, although there was a lot of quirkiness about it with a lot of the trademark humour that Tom Hanks has become so famous for. It is one of those films that I might watch on a rainy day or if I am in the mood for it but it isn’t one that is in my top 10 list to watch. If you want something with more comedy bits  than serious scenes  turn to The Terminal or Catch Me If You Can to fill your laugh fix.

Clip: Our Majesty’s Dream courtesy MovieClips Coming Soon

My Rating: 4/5 Stars

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