The Burma Conspiracy (Largo Winch II): Movie Review

[Rating: 2] 

Director: Jerome Salle

Cast: Tomer Sisley, Sharon Stone, Ulrich Tukur, Napakpapha Nakprasitte 

Synopsis: The Burma Conspiracy is a story of a man called Largo Winch (Tomer Sisley) who finds himself cornered with baselessly shocking allegations after selling his late father’s corporation to establish a humanitarian organization. In order to clear his name from all that he is accused off, he must travel and delve deep into the jungles of Burma where he needs to retrace his lost roots once again. 

Review: The Burma Conspiracy aka Largo Winch II is a very confused and hence confusing film. It simply cannot decide if it’s a love story, a conspiracy theory, or a thriller. Maybe it thinks it’s all of the above. But it probably ends up being none. Of the three, the love story is the slightly more convincing genre it could fall under. Scrambling back and forth in flashbacks of a 3 year long conspiracy, the film bores and amuses you at the same time. 

The rich heir (Largo Winch played by Tomer Sisley) of the winch empire is away in Burma living with a local village girl (the film doesn’t explain why). He’s just there and we have to just deal with it. When he’s back to his rick ways, his father dies and he donates all the wealth to charity. This unsettles a lot of things in the financial world and hired goons now chase/kill Largo. A prominent prosecutor (Sharon Stone) then finds proof that the Winch family is involved in some very questionable transaction in Burma. Largo then finds himself running away from these conspirators while trying to save his Burmese love interest at the same time. Is it a conspiracy, will Largo uncover the truth about his father? Who is behind all of this? The financial villains he is running away from might end up being the lesser dangerous ones after all.   Sounds like an interesting enough plot on paper right? I thought so too. But this is one of those films, where the story is far more interesting on paper than it is at 24 reels per second. 

You do feel something for the characters, sympathy, empathy, relief. But before you could figure out what it is, the plot has taken some unexplainable turn again. Most of these twists and turns don’t have enough punch to keep you hooked. The father son relationship too remains unexplored while Largo’s actions remain unjustified. Sharon Stone is intriguing enough for the little time that she comes on screen. So, all in all a decent enough watch if the weekend ends up being too boring for you. 

Verdict: A good looking star cast aside, the plot fails to consistently entertain. 

Malvika Rao

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