“Beirut” (Bleecker Street)

Rosamund Pike, Jon Hamm and Dean Norris star in a scene from the movie "Beirut." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Bleecker Street)

By Catholic News Service

Every word matters in this espionage thriller set in 1982 during the civil war in Lebanon.

A U.S. negotiator (Jon Hamm) struggles with his emotional demons and a great deal of alcohol as he attempts to free an American hostage (Mark Pellegrino) held by Palestinian terrorists (including Idir Chender). A CIA field agent (Rosamund Pike) is assigned to the mediator to prevent from being taken hostage himself or going on an extended bender.

Director Brad Anderson, working from a screenplay by Tony Gilroy, demands that the audience pay close attention to this extraordinarily rare drama for grown-ups in which gunfire, explosions and ethnic hatreds are secondary to matters of trust.

Mature themes, gun violence, frequent rough language. The Catholic News Service classification is A-III — adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R — restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.

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