We have previously discussed the disastrous reign of FIFA President Sepp Blatter, who made himself and the soccer organization notorious for mismanagement and corruption. Yet, like any organization of “made men,” Blatter was immune from virtually universal contempt until recently when a criminal investigation put him directly into harm’s way.
The latest Blatter bomb is the $29 million testament to Blatter’s unparalleled ego: the film “United Passions” made by the FIFA. The movie has grossed $609 after being released to 10 theaters in the United States. That is $319 for Friday night moviegoers.
Nothing quite sums up the disgrace that is Sepp Blatter like this movie with Tim Roth playing Blatter. He wisely did not show up at the premiere. Indeed, the two leads were as hard to find as an ethics expert at a FIFA conference.
The Times’ Michael Rechtshaffen put it simply in reporting that the movie “comes across as a squirm-inducing heap of propaganda at its most self-congratulatory.”