• Backstabbing for Beginners (2018)

Backstabbing for Beginners

Release Date: April 27th, 2018

R |1 hr 48 min

Plot Summary

Michael, a young United Nations employee, travels to Iraq with his mentor, who wants to show him how successful the UN's Oil-for-Food Program has been. When Michael gets a deeper look at the organization, he unveils a corruption conspiracy in which officials -- both inside and outside of the UN -- are skimming billions off the top of the aid meant for the Iraqi people.

Cast: Ben Kingsley, Theo James, Jacqueline Bisset, Belçim Bilgin, Rossif Sutherland, Brian Markinson, Rachel Wilson, Shauna MacDonald

Director: Per Fly

Genres: Thriller , Drama

Production Co: Creative Alliance, A24

Keywords: Tense , Pursuit , Car , Hospital , Sacrifice , Quest , Hotel , Doctor , Office , Rivalry , 2010s

Ratings & Reviews

  • 50
    Roger MooreMovie Nation

    "Backstabbing” makes an interesting run at painting the many shades of grey in this corner of diplomacy. show more

  • 50
    Frank ScheckThe Hollywood Reporter

    The most thrilling aspect of director Per Fly's drama is watching the interactions between co-stars Theo James and Ben Kingsley. Even as James sucks all the energy out of the room with his inert performance, Kingsley creates oxygen with his dynamic, wildly entertaining turn. show more

  • 50
    Rex ReedObserver

    There are so many ideas rattling around in Backstabbing for Beginners that are never resolved, and so many duplicitous characters that are never satisfactorily explained, that the end result is a muddle of confusion and violence that could end the future of tourism in Baghdad forever. show more

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