Team America: World Police review (Blu-ray)

It may be a little dated now, thanks to the death of Kim Jon-Il, but the barbs are still as sharp and the digs still find their targets in this wonderful piece of puppetry from South Park's Stone and Parker.

Broadway star Gary Johnston is recruited by the elite counter-terrorism organisation Team America: World Police to go undercover in Cairo and infiltrate a gang of terrorists. Gary learns that North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il plans to destroy the world, unleashing "9/11 times 2,356". On Kim's side is the ultra-liberal Film Actors' Guild (F.A.G), which includes Alec Baldwin, Martin Sheen, Tim Robbins, Matt Damon, George Clooney, Susan Sarandon, Danny Glover Janeane Garofalo, Liv Tyler and Sean Penn. Can Team America sacve the day before evil Kim Jong-Il gets his way?

Dated or not, Team America: World Police is still a gut-bustingly funny film, and its satire is still relevant. Both sides of politics, left and right, get beautifully skewered – as do musicals, action films and society's fascination with (and obsession over) actors and Hollywood itself. The "war on terror" also comes in for a bit of a kicking. Using marionettes, in the style of Thunderbirds, TA:WA is crude and childish, but a perfect punch-to-the-gut of America's gung-ho attitude. It's also got the hottest puppet sex scene that you ever will see.

EXTRAS Sadly, not a thing – not even the bonus features from the original DVD release.

Stuart O'Connor is the Managing Editor of Screenjabber, the movie review website he co-founded with Neil Davey far too many years ago. He likes all genres, as long as the film is good (although he does enjoy the occasional bad "guilty pleasure"), and drinks way too much coffee.

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