A Hologram for the King

2016 [english]

Action / Comedy / Drama / Romance

A Hologram for the King

2016 [english]

Action / Comedy / Drama / Romance

70%
54%
6.1

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70% - Critics
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6.1

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Synopsis

A failed American sales rep looks to recoup his losses by traveling to Saudi Arabia and selling his company's product to a wealthy monarch..

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  • Reviewed by kcpenner grade 7 / 10

    Quirky, meandering, pleasant parable

    I found this movie on Netflix and came to it without any expectations, having read no reviews beforehand. I wondered what Tom Hanks was up to now. Unlike many viewers, I don't see why every TH movie has to be a "hit". I found the Saudi Arabian locale and characters fascinating, wondering how they manage to build such opulent structures in a desert. To continue the holographic metaphor, the projected new-city-in-the-desert was more of a mirage than a reality.I understand why critics at Rotten Tomatoes give it a 73% fresh rating: it is different and critics like that. Only 55% of the audience at RT enjoyed it because they were expecting something different, and audiences don't like that. As other reviewers have mentioned, the plot meanders and goes in odd directions. But that is part of the quirky attraction for me, at least. While the story ends a bit abruptly (too nicely/neatly?), Tom Hank's character is a sympathetic one that the audience willingly roots for.


  • Reviewed by tabuno grade 8 / 10

    A Film Out of Our Experience

    25 April 2016. The title of this movie didn't help market itself unless one had already seen the movie. That's a big problem, a movie title. Subsequently though this more substantive version of Lost in Translation (2003) that includes much more of a relational component offers up a pungent and enlightening as well as dramatic collision of two cultures. Along with a nice comedic tone with dramatic and sometimes fearful moments, Holograph does nicely with sustaining the audience's interest and revealing an entertaining, intriguing storyline about a wonderful but frustrating business opportunity in Saudi Arabia. This perhaps fictional behind the scenes look at Saudi culture is fascinating and the relational story lines are also quite compelling, if not perhaps completely believable.Unlike Slumdog Millionaire (2008), Holograph offers a duality between strikingly different cultures. Unlike Roman Holiday (1953), Holograph offers a more equitable status between characters who are more identifiable to a average American audience while at the same time highlighting the delicate and sometimes comical and serious cultural barriers. Another culture clash movie, Fear and Trembling (2003) perhaps comes closest to the revelation and exposure of the intimate dynamics of the differences in ethnic behavior and attitudes. Fear and Trembling however is much more focused as a serious cultural study whereas Holograph is more fluid and mainstream Hollywood in its presentation but in a good way.In sum, Holograph is an insightful and delightful look into the interactions between the personal cultural differences along with a basic meaningful human sameness undertone of invaluable importance.


  • Reviewed by shotaroh grade 6 / 10

    American film for American people.

    Good entertainment but Halaam not reflecting the real Saudi people &culture. Even though some of the characteristics and incidents are well performed, it's for the sake of performance without meaning and I found it uncomfortable. Making sure no bomb each time before starting engine? Massive disco party in Danish Embassy ? Female Muslim doctor checking foreigner? Taxi driver with desire of democratic movement...... What? Where is the beautiful Isramic spirit of giving and welcoming? Not a single scene... Directors must have had unwilling bitter personal experiences in Saudi / with Arabic people.It's American film for American people. I am very well convinced that most of the scenes were filmed in Morrocco, not in Saudi.


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