Director Rob Reiner‘s new movie Shock and Awe, about journalists during the Iraq War, debuted this weekend… to disappointing numbers.
According to the movie’s description on Rotten Tomatoes, the film is “based on the true events of Knight Ridder journalists who were the only ones who ‘got it right’ in the lead-up to the 2003 Iraq War when they questioned the true nature of the Bush White House’s justification for the conflict.”
Yet, you would be forgiven for not knowing that because this weekend practically no one bought tickets to see the film, which opened in limited release on July 13th.
According to Box Office Mojo, for the weekend of July 13-15th, Shock and Awe grossed a measly $41,000.
In contrast, Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, which topped ticket sales earned $44,100,00.
Now granted, the latter is a big budget kids movie, but in comparison, Shock and Awe earned about the same amount on its first weekend as Show Dogs did for the same period. That film has been running for 9 weeks and ranks 17 percent on the Rotten Tomatometer.
So far, the Tomatometer has Shock and Awe at 36 percent but with less than 30 reviews.
The critics have also been far less than complimentary.
“For all that, Shock and Awe (which was made available on demand prior to its theatrical release) is a slim, at-times too-obvious portrayal of an important story, as well as the fundamental calling of journalism when it comes to holding the powerful to account,” Bryan Lowry wrote for CNN.
He added about the flick: “By that measure, it’s an earnest but not particularly awe-inspiring as a movie, and even as a treatise on reporters doggedly pursuing the truth in the face of obfuscation and denials, nor is it especially shocking.”
Rob Reiner has been melting down on a regular basis since Trump was elected President. One such instance was with the thrill running down his leg long gone, MSNBC’s Hardball and host Chris Matthews has had a rough week, and was far from over with.
They featured Rob “Meathead” Reiner and various guests demanding that “we cannot allow” “a potential criminal” in President Trump to appoint another conservative Supreme Court justice because he’ll keep Trump from prison and do his bidding “for three decades.”
Pivoting from an update on from The Capital Gazette newspaper shooting, Matthews screeched that “[i]t’s impossible to see another decision that will have greater or sure will greater shape the kind of country we do live in.”
Matthews declared that the Supreme Court will always make political decisions on things like “decid[ing] presidential elections, the number of guns in the country, the power of money in our politics and on and on.”
Matthews later teed up Hollywood director and walking Notable Quotable Rob Reiner by fretting that the Supreme Court “will decide the fate very well of this President” on “[a]ll kinds of issues, obstruction of justice and possible collusion with the Russians” and yet the Senate will be “let[ting] him pick one of the people to decide his own fate.”
Reiner implored liberals to let go of their feelings about the Merrick Garland nomination because “[w]e have a President of the United States that, right now, is under investigation for possibly conspiring with a…foreign enemy power to disrupt our democracy and steal an election.”
Behold the ridiculousness from Meathead:
MATTHEWS: Rob, thank you for joining us. I have — there’s another lay of concern here. This Supreme Court, when it’s full up with nine justices, will decide the fate very well of this President. We’ve got a special counsel loaded for bear. All kinds of issues, obstruction of justice and possible collusion with the Russians and how — what materials and what testimonies have to be accepted, whether he has to testify or not and they are going to let him pick one of the people to decide his own fate.
ROB REINER: That’s the biggest problem. I don’t think we should get hung up on the egregious — effects of what Mitch McConnell did to Barack Obama and a tit-for-tat kind of thing. We have a President of the United States that, right now, is under investigation for possibly conspiring with a firent [sic] — foreign enemy power to disrupt our democracy and steal an election.
I don’t think we want as Americans to allow somebody who is possibly colluding with a foreign enemy to making choices that are going to affect our lives for the next 30, 40 years. That’s the issue and make no mistake about it. We cannot allow this. We have to see what happens with the Mueller investigation, whether or not Donald Trump is guilty or not guilty of major, major crimes and if he is, he should not be allowed to pick the next Supreme Court justice.
Mr Americana, Overpasses News Desk
July 16th, 2018