the new olivier assayas film reviewed by richard porton & a o scott

“Carlos,” which plays like an international espionage thriller — with car chases, explosives, seductive Bonnie-and-Clyde poses and many, many cigarettes — turns out to be a negative epic, whose self-proclaimed hero, a ruthless and intrepid soldier, builds a legendary career out of a series of failures and miscalculations. A low-level bomb-thrower for the P.F.L.P., he catches the attention of Wadie Haddad, a high-ranking member of the organization, and proceeds to mess up one assignment after another while somehow cultivating a reputation for brutal effectiveness.


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