When United States and Israel are about to begin World War III against Pakistani self-elected president, General Umair Zaman and his army to defend Israel, it seems only two people can resolve this global issue and prevent a nuclear war: Walter Larson (Tim Robbins) and Alex Talbot (Jack Black). Alex Talbot is an American who works in the Embassy of the United States of America in Islamabad, Pakistan. He is irresponsible, smokes weed and quite an unreliable person that even CIA makes note of. Walter Larson is the U.S. Prime Minister. He is married to a beautiful woman, Joanne Larson (Carla Gugino), loves having extremal sex, and dreams about being killed by one of his mistresses during a sexual act. And now imagine how far the military conflict can go, or rather not go, if these individuals are the only hope to stop the war? But the good news is, you have nothing to worry about. HBO will make sure that we will be in a very caring, even though very unpredictable, hands of Larson and Talbot who will take care of us. But first, they need to take care of their problems… if only they knew how…
The Brink begins with the scampish Alex Talbot, a low-level State Department bureaucrat who asks the ambassador of the United States in Islamabad for promotion. The ambassador promises him to think about it, but secretly dreams to promote Talbot out of the office first think in the morning. In the next scene we find Walter Larson in a hotel room with one of his numerous mistresses, where she makes his extreme fantasies come true. While our heroes are busy with their own life, we are taken back to Islamabad, where the country is drowning into a coup. President of the United States, Julian Navarro sends the best pilot, Zeke Tilson (Pablo Schreiber) to destroy one of Pakistan’s military objects, but instead, Tilson takes a Xanax and ruins this mission by shooting at the wrong target.
As the show progresses, we find out more interesting details and find our heroes in a very funny situation. Even though this show is about politics and international affair, it is made in comedy genre, where the viewer should not take any event occurring in the film seriously. The series created by Kim and Roberto Benabib, and picked by HBO is cleverly written with some great lines. Having a stellar cast such as Tim Robbins and Jack Black, The Brink looks promising as it heads toward a bright future. HBO is one of those cable channels which knows well how to manipulate political matter into a fine ride for the viewer. So if you’re looking to see something silly, relaxing, and yet a reasonably funny show, then THE BRINK must be your first choice.
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