Starring: Jon Hamm, Rosamund Pike, Dean Norris, Shea Whigham, Larry Pine, Mark Pellegrino
Story: Political thriller directed by Brad Anderson. The story centers on US diplomat, Mason Skiles (Jon Hamm), who flees Lebanon in 1972 after a tragic incident at his home. Ten years later, he is called back to war-torn Beirut by CIA operatives (Rosamund Pike, Dean Norris and Shea Whigham) to negotiate for the life of a friend he left behind. Meanwhile, a CIA field agent who is working undercover at the American embassy is tasked with keeping Mason alive and ensuring that the mission is a success.
Best Quotes from Trailer:
[giving a lecture]
Mason Skiles: I was raised as an only child with two people who basically hated each other just enough to stay together. So I guess you could say I’ve been mediating since well before I was born. Years before I heard the term mutually assured destruction, I was very familiar with it growing up in that house.
[suddenly there’s an explosion in the room]
CIA Agent #1: Mason Franics Skiles. Forty-five years-old. Ten years ago he was deputy chief of mission here until his wife was killed.
CIA Agent #2: He’s damaged goods, but he’s manageable.
Mason Skiles: Maybe one of you could tell what I’m doing here.
CIA Agent #3: Three nights ago an American was pulled off the street in West Beirut. The next morning we got a communicate from a group calling itself The Militia of Islamic Liberation. They have the guy and they want to talk. They want you to broker the deal.
CIA Agent #1: They asked for you specifically.
CIA Agent #3: Your friend, Cal, he’s the hostage.
CIA Agent #2: Cal’s the head of all the Middle East operations.
[referring to Cal]
CIA Agent #3: If he talks you’ll be waiting for bodies to pile up on the embassy sidewalk.
Mason Skiles: What does he want me to do?
CIA Agent #2: You’re an experienced negotiator, negotiate.
Mason Skiles: What do you want?
Karim Abu Rajal: I will trade Cal Riley for the return of my brother, Raffik Abu Rajal.
Mason Skiles: Give me a meeting in Israel.
Embassy Employee: [to Mason] Munich Olympics, Madrid flight 305, 46 dead. All of this Raffik Abu Rajal.
Roni Niv: [to Mason] Is this about you looking for the man who killed your wife?
Mason Skiles: If I can’t find your brother you’re going to have to come up with an alternative.
[hold his gun up]
Karim Abu Rajal: This is alternative.
[referring to Karim]
Mason Skiles: He’s given us six hours to deliver the brother.
[referring to Raffik]
CIA Agent #1: He’s hiding! He’s been driven so deep his own people don’t know where he is.
CIA Agent #3: Right now there’s a hell of a lot of unprotected pieces in the field.
Mason Skiles: Do you think they want to save Cal or do you think they want to save the information?
CIA Agent #1: That’s an ugly question.
Roni Niv: Clearly the monsters have taken over Lebanon. Something needs to be done.
CIA Agent #3: We give Israel the keys to the city?
Mason Skiles: I need to see Cal!
Karim Abu Rajal: That is impossible!
Mason Skiles: It’s only impossible if he’s dead!
Mason Skiles: Two thousand years of revenge, vendetta, murder. Welcome to Beirut.
Beirut is set to open in the US 04/13/2018.