From the twisted mind of Sacha Baron
Cohen and his cohorts in the politically incorrect, Alec
Berg, David Mandel and Jeff Schaffer comes another outrageous comedy
that is based on the dictator of a fictional North African country
called Wadiya. The protagonist of the Dictator is Aladeen, a dictator
who fell into power when his father died. Since then, he has turned the
country into his own little playground as he abuses his position of
power by sentencing citizens to death for no reason and using the
country's funds to purchase one night stands with celebrities such as
Megan Fox (& even Arnold Schwarzenegger) or initiating his own nuclear weapons program.
However deep down, Aladeen is not a happy
dictator and when he is decides to travel to New York to inform the
United Nations that his nuclear power project is for peaceful energy
production... not for wiping Israel from the face of the Earth, he
inadvertently becomes stripped of power thanks to his advisor Tamir (Ben
Kingsley) who puts a double in his place for his own evil agenda.
With no identity and his trademark beard
shaved from the Mad Dog of Wadiya, our loveable (and stupid) dictator desperately tries to claim back his
rightful place in order to prevent democracy from reaching the shores of
From here, the viewer engages in a
rollercoaster ride of humour, some great, some good and some really bad.
As with most of Sacha Baron Cohen's films, the humour is a mixed bag but
for the majority, it will have you laughing in hysterics. The film is
also a parody of the current global political climate and our newly
reformed dictator at the end of the film does this amusing speech of who
runs America and how this mirrors some of the world's most nefarious
leaders which is political satire at its best.
Aladeen's nemesis in the film is played
delightful by Ben Kingsley who plays Tamir, the real heir of Wadiya who
has disposed of his dictator in order to turn it into a democracy to
sell the country's oil to China. Tamir also has some great gags with the
Chinese foreign diplomat who like Aladeen abuses his place of power and
pays celebrities to do some outrageous things to him.
Fortunately Aladeen is joined by a colour
assemble that includes Zoey (Anna Faris) who takes our dictator on a
personal journey of redemption, including information on how to
masturbate and Maroush (Adeel Akhtar), a former weapons scientist that
he sentenced to death.
With 9/11 jokes, Aladeen having a fight
with a copiously large breasted assassin who happens to be topless or
him wanting to throw a newborn girl into the trash, political
incorrectness is the name of the game here and if you enjoyed Cohen's
previous films, The Dictator fills this prerequisite perfectly. Societal
norms are broken, boundaries of political correct shattered, The
Dictator is one of those films that will have you in hysterics from
start to finish but if you're offended by anything in this review, I
suggest you look elsewhere for your entertainment.
Video, Audio & Special Features
The video quality for The Dictator is sharp, vibrant and almost jumps
out of your TV thanks to the 1080p presentation. The attention to detail
is quite impressive... unfortunately two scenes in the film are a little
disturbing due to the close-ups. Add in DTS-HD MA 5.1 and this is almost
a theatrical presentation with perfect levels, good use of music and
The Blu-ray Extended Cut Edition also has a handful
of special features that include Deleted/Extended Scenes, Music Video
and the Larry King interview. The Blu-ray presentation is also a triple
play release which means it comes with the movie on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital.
All in all, a fun release from Paramount and worthy of most people's