Speed The Plow

2008
Character: Charlie Fox
Directors: Matthew Warchus
Writers: David Mamet
Cast: Kevin Spacey, Jeff Goldblum, Laura Michelle Kelly
Storyline:
David Mamet's Speed-The-Plow is infinitely more than a brutal satire on Hollywood. It is a study of male panic and the denial of redemptive grace. And in Matthew Warchus's exhilarating revival we not only get some bravura, high-octane acting from Kevin Spacey and Jeff Goldblum but a also sense of the ultimate hollowness of an industry, and a society, based on buddy-buddy values.

The set-up is classic Mamet. Charlie Fox, a struggling producer, comes to his old mate Bobby Gould, a newly elevated studio boss, with a surefire commercial package: a prison movie combining "action, blood, a social theme". But, as the two men get high on dreams of profit, Bobby asks his temporary secretary, Karen, to give a courtesy read to a novel by an "eastern cissy writer" about radiation and the prospect of human survival. Bobby's aim is to bed Karen. But he finds himself converted by Karen's faith in the book and tempted to greenlight it ahead of the prison project.

(The Guardian ,Michael Billington)
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