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Betrayal and revenge in Clooney's 'Ides of March' [Trailer]

July 28, 2011 | 11:51 am

"Nothing bad happens when you're doing the right thing," Ryan Gosling's young-buck campaign strategist tells George Clooney's presidential contender at the start of the trailer for "The Ides of March" -- which is pretty much the surest sign that in the scenes to follow, people won't do the right thing and plenty of badness will indeed happen. The trailer for the political drama, which is based on Beau Willimon's off-Broadway play and figures to be a significant award contender, lays out a checkerboard of idealists and opportunists playing a twisty, high-stakes game. It's a kind of more thriller-y "Good Night and Good Luck" (which, like "March," was also directed by Clooney).

There's perhaps a bit too much amped-up suspense in the trailer -- fade-outs, dramatic pronouncements, that sort of thing -- but smart entertainment, which the trailer suggests in spades, has a way of forgiving all sins of melodrama. The movie kicks off the Venice Film Festival and also plays Toronto before opening commercially on Oct. 7.



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