A HOLO­GRAM FOR THE KING (M)

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An un­char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally low-key and mildly ob­scure of­fer­ing from Tom Hanks, who usu­ally works in far more ac­ces­si­ble sur­rounds than this quiet, midlife­cri­sis drama. He plays Alan Clay, a dis­il­lu­sioned busi­ness­man look­ing for an exit route from the drudgery of corporate life. A sud­den trip to Saudi Ara­bia to se­cure a lu­cra­tive tech deal with a mem­ber of the rul­ing royal fam­ily is sup­posed to recharge Alan’s bat­ter­ies. How­ever, the rigid rit­u­als that come with persuading some­one to sign over a small for­tune only serve to drain Alan of what lit­tle en­thu­si­asm he has left. An enig­matic adap­ta­tion of the novel by Dave Eg­gers.

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