Satirical look at television news reporting, in which an ace reporter tries to hunt down a missing nuclear missile, for sale on the black market. — Genre: Feature Film-Drama — Rating: R — Release Date: 16-MAR-2004 — Media Type... more »: DVD« less
"I remember my friends and I seeing this in the theater when it was originally released. We were Connery fans sorely disappointed with a satire depicting such insanely implausible ideas as "suicide bombers" killing themselves and innocent bystanders to make the news and advance their cause. All this against a backdrop of a story about a terrorist Middle East nation getting its hands on some nukes. The movie ended, we didn't know the good guy from bad, and when you go to a Sean Connery movie having only known him as the original Bond, James Bond, not being able to tell the good guy from bad is a little more than disconcerting.There is where my opinion of this movie sat in the back of my mind these twenty years. Now, anyone who had seen this movie then and watching the news today can't help but wonder if someone somewhere hadn't picked up some very ominous notions from watching this movie--it's a little more than eerie. For a satire there are fewer laughs now than when the ideas here were far removed from the reality of 1982.I'd like, for a while anyway, if life imitated art a little less closely than this."
Get your scorecard
Nick Pusloskie | U.S.A. | 12/30/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Get your scorecard out so you can try and keep track of who is the evil person and who is not. This is a black comedy and really does get too close to the truth about how things are probably done in the halls of Washington and other locales. Sean Connery plays to reporter who is going to get to the bottom of a story - no matter what. There is a good support cast who draws the viewer into the story, and the movie flows from one twist and betrayal to the next, right up to the end - where the ultimate twist is waiting. The comparison to "Wag The Dog" is understandable, but one must remember that this movie came out years before "Dog.""
You Won't Go Wrong With This Film!
Nick Pusloskie | 07/13/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"A buried treasure, Wrong Is Right - as so many others have commented - is one of the rare pieces of fiction that predates the facts. Kudos to Richard Brooks for accurately predicting modern day media and international politics from the vantage point of 1981.
The movie is criticized for its apparent uneveness - swaying back and forth between thrilling drama and outright humor. As it stands, the screenplay is pure political satire. Some can stomach it, others can't. I maintain that it's a great film but, released in 1982, no one could comprehend its subject matter of a near future with society in chaos. Nevertheless, Wrong Is Right is a fascinating motion picture that deserves a second look. Beyond the seemingly dated facade of 1982 is a timeless tale of sinister world leaders and terrorists, an intrepid newsman, and the neverending quest to spin the truth."
Before "Wag the Dog," there was this satirical look.
Nick Pusloskie | 12/17/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Connery stars as a globetrotting reporter in this film which predates both CNN and "Wag the Dog". Viewers will note the similarities between the fabricated war against the Middle Eastern despot here, and the fictional conflict against Albania in Wag the Dog. Both films are uncomfortably close to the truth, especially in light of the new bombing of Iraq."
A Comedy about Middle Eastern Terrorists & Nukes,
Nick Pusloskie | 12/20/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Iamgine in 1983 someone making a movie set in a not too distant future where violence has become a national pastime. (XFL,WWF, Real TV?)A world famous international war correspondent (Connery)
becomes swept up in the CIA's search for Iranian nuclear weapons in the US...For a movie that has a ton of stars, including Sean Connery,
its odd that no one has ever heard of "Wrong Is Right". Released just before the huge advent of home VCRs this would have fared much better with today's headlines as a background. A black comedy in 1983, in retrospect it poses some fascinating questions about todays society & how eerily accurate its humorous predictions turned out to be. Its a good beer & popcorn movie, especially if you like political humor."