WRONG IS RIGHT
THE MAN WITH THE DEADLY LENS
At odds with the straight thriller elements seems to be a lurking sense of black humour, which at times takes the film in the direction of the great political satire The Presidents Analyst (1967). There is the opening parody of tv gameshows where people can kill others in tv simulation Id rather live with guilt than my parents, says one contestant. Are they watching this broadcast? God, I hope so. However, this scene has nothing to do with the rest of the film and seems out of place. There is the odd blackly comic line or scene peppered throughout but most of the time it feels like Richard Brooks straining for effect.
Between the sprawling plot and the hit-and-miss sense of black humour, most of the film falls flat. Sean Connery has likable charisma as always, although he definitely indulges in self-parody at the end of the film he throws away his toupee just before he parachutes out of the plane into combat! The promotion for Wrong is Right tried to make it seem that Connery was back in a James Bond type role, with a poster featuring Connery surrounded by luscious women while brandishing a gun that on closer inspection turned out to be a video camera.
Particularly good is George Grizzard who has a doggedly likeable quality as The President there is a mercilessly funny sequence where he tries to order an obstinate CIA director to conduct an assassination. There is also good support from the likes of Rosalind Cash and Leslie Nielsen. The Muzak score is very irritating.