Lowe's character Paul is a master manipulator. His job is to rescue governors, senators, mayors, Congressmen, and presidents from grave political fortunes. No scandal is too large for Paul to mastermind a solution that will cure all apparent evils. His lackeys (played by Richard Schiff and Julie Bowen) do his bidding and are ever at his beck-and-call. They will literally exhume dirt from the grave if it means helping their fearless leader. Paul feigns to love his work because despite the process' many pitfalls and contradictions, the best candidate for the nation will ultimately persevere.
The tactics that Paul and Kirsten employ are blackmail, swiftboating, the propping up of cretins, raising doubt and suspicion into the health of their clients' opponents, and preempting potentially lethal scandalmongering with their own picaresque brand of skullduggery. It is Kirsten that begins to have doubts about her place in the world. Being a Korean lesbian with ever-watchful parents with impossibly grandiose expectations takes a toll on her psyche.
Ultimately, Knife Fight (movie) is about a Machiavellian political mover and shaker that is for lack of a better explication, a political puppeteer. Hardly anyone in the public is cognizant of his existence and yet the impact of his words and deeds sends shockwaves throughout the nation. Robe Lowe and Jamie Chung make a cogent and formidable team. He as the ambiguous leader, and she as the sinner in training fascinate far more than they frustrate. Apolitical people (really just a myth) might now realize how politics really work. Knife Fight (movie) will not just tell them, it will beat them over the head with a dose of political billy-clubbing. Please take a gander at Knife Fight and enjoy watching the experts doing their dirty work. Let's all jump into the proverbial mud. Remember Lowe's words: one must take a gun to a knife fight (paraphrased). Good times.
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