A Hologram for the KingHD Closed Captioning
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About the Movie
Cultures collide when an American businessman (Tom Hanks) is sent to Saudi Arabia to close what he hopes will be the deal of a lifetime. Baffled by local customs and stymied by an opaque bureaucracy, he eventually finds his footing with the help of a wise- cracking taxi driver (Alexander Black) and a beautiful Saudi doctor (Sarita Choudhury).
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 135
- Fresh: 96
- Rotten: 39
- Average Rating: 6.2/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: It takes an actor with the finesse of Tom Hanks to turn a story of confusion, perplexity, frustration and panic into an agreeably uncomfortable comedy.
Fresh: If it sounds like Hologram is basically about a middle-aged white guy getting his groove back in the Middle East, well, yes, it is that. But if you squint hard enough, it's also a little bit more.
Rotten: Not even the mighty Tom Hanks can save this scattershot adaptation of Dave Eggers' lost-soul novel
Fresh: Quiet existential irony, albeit diluted and distorted, still reverberates in this stranger-in-a-strange-land story.
Story goes nowhere
The movie has a nice setup, and Tom Hanks brings his typical high-caliber acting to bear, but the romantic interlude that is supposedly the climax of the movie is just a little weird, and the resolution is rushed-through in the form of a voiced-over letter to his daughter.
Chalk it up to one of those movies that had good concept and promise, but the script couldn't deliver.
Very Poor Screenplay
This screenplay is kitschy and unrewarding. Tom Hanks plays a drunk, worn out, divorced salesman on a gig in Saudi Arabia, trying to sell a novel IT system to a Sheik. Tom needs the sale in order to save his job back in the U.S.
Tom gets a bottle of liquor. Tom gets drunk in his Saudi hotel room. Tom sweats. Tom makes uncomfortable faces while walking through a rave party at an embassy. Tom turns down a fling with an aggressive female co-worker. Tom dodges his angry boss's phone calls coming from the States. Then a possible love interest develops. And the story then goes off the rails, into a schmaltzy and unlikely ending.
We like Tom Hanks, but this movie is a bomb. Save your money. See it when it's free.
It exceeded my expectations. Left me with a warm smile, in the same way "Lost in Translation" did some years ago.