Stories for June 28, 2008
The opening credits tell us that corporations have essentially taken the place of countries and decisions that have global impact are often made by a single man - a hired gun. Cusack plays Brand Hauser, a mercenary traveling to Turaqistan (a not so subtle name meant to conjure up American trouble spots in Turkey, Iraq and Afghanistan) to help make one of these "decisions." He has been hired to kill a Middle East official that's giving the U.S. a pain in their assets. Turaqiatan, you see, is a country occupied by an American private corporation run by a former US Vice-President (played by Dan Aykroyd). Hauser's cover for this mission is as a trade show producer overseeing the high-profile wedding of Yonica Babyyeah (an almost unrecognizable Hilary Duff), a wildly popular and slutty Mid East pop star who sings about bombings and about how you "blow me... away." Complicating matters is a nosy but sexy reporter (Marisa Tomei) who tries to make Hauser see the error of his ways.