Thursday, December 22, 2005

Syriana

Movie PosterToday's movie was Syriana (another A+).  Most reviewers are recommending it, and I have to agree.  It's good, even if I had to plug my ears and close my eyes during a torture scene (rated R for violence).



It's written and directed by Stephen Gaghan who was also responsible for Traffic, another very good film.  Traffic was about the "war on drugs".  Syriana is about many things - terrorism, Big Oil, US involvement in the Mideast.  The NY Times calls it a geopolitical thriller, which it is.  It is the simultaneous telling of 5 stories so you have to pay attention, but it's worth it.



The acting by George Clooney, Matt Damon, Jeffrey Wright, Chris Cooper, Amanda Peet, William Hurt, Christopher Plummer, Alexander Siddig, and Shahid Ahmed (huge cast) is superb.



The inspiration for the movie came from a book by Robert Baer: See No Evil.



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