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An Acceptable Loss attempts a political thriller approach to a serious issue, but ends up sacrificing thrills -- as well as a satisfying story -- in the bargain.
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Tika Sumpter demonstrates the screen presence of a true star, and Jamie Lee Curtis creates a monster so terrifying she'd have Michael Myers turning tail and running away.
Though Sumpter lends her role the requisite controlled, inner strength and Jamie Lee Curtis utilizes her trademark fierce resolve to good effect as an intimidating commander in chief, the politics prove as tenuous as the nonexistent thrill factor.
"An Acceptable Loss" is truly a loss.
What makes "An Acceptable Loss" a slightly better than even proposition are not just the performances of Sumpter and Curtis, but the dynamic that's established between them.
If you want somebody to save the neighborhood, or to blow up the planet, Jamie Lee Curtis is the one. She has the smile, the moves, the haircut, and the chops. Now all she needs is the directors to match.
[An Acceptable Loss] feels gripping only if you compare it to a random couple of hours of C-SPAN.
Chappelle either misses wide or doesn't shoot at all.
An Acceptable Loss sees mass-scale horror and suffering only as a cheap plot device for a thin, hollow story.
Takes place in an archaic universe in which the revelation of government wrongdoing is somehow important, and much of the drama comes from whether or not this supposed bombshell will be made public.
The coda, more brightly, isn't bad; but Curtis is the only reason to see this film.
The best thing about An Acceptable Loss ... is Jamie Lee Curtis ... [it's] a thriller that doesn't quite thrill.
If you see An Acceptable Loss in a movie theater, you might regret the money you spent on a ticket. Watch it on TV or a mobile device and you may stay totally absorbed.
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