THE IDES OF MARCH (2011) ***1/2 D: George Clooney. Ryan Gosling, George Clooney, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti.
Ideals, morals and ambition collide in this political drama directed by George Clooney.
Based on the stage play "Farragut North", the seedy underbelly of politics takes the forefront. All the backstabbing, back-door dealing, manipulating of the facts, burying the truth, not to mention the lack of moral conscience that most people believe is part of politics is ever present.
At times it may be cliched but it is still well acted and directed.
The events depicted are quite plausible and that they could have very well occurred at some point in real world politics. It's a sad truth but there's no denying it. As in the film, loyalty and integrity will always play second fiddle to ambition at all costs.