Sunday, June 25, 2006
Movie Reviews: SYRIANA
Director Stephen Gaghan follows up Traffic with this political thriller set in the Cold War era during a global fight for control of the world's oil supply. The stories of a CIA operative (Clooney), an up-and-coming oil broker (Damon), a prince (Siddig) and a corporate lawyer (Wright) collide as the fighting for the world's most valuable resource heats up.
Cast George Clooney, Amanda Peet, Matt Damon, Jeffrey Wright, Chris Cooper, William Hurt
Director(s) Stephen Gaghan
Writer(s) Stephen Gaghan
Status On DVD
Genre(s) Dramas, Terrorism, Theatrical Release, Based On A True Story
Release Date Nov. 23, 2005 five theaters; Dec. 9, 2005 wide
DVD Release Date June 20, 2006
Running Time 126 minutes
MPAA Rating R - Rated R for violence and language.
Syriana is an excellent taut political movie with plenty of real world relevance. Stephen Gaghan does an excellent job of intertwining the various plot threads without allowing the film to stagnate. The movie packs an emotional punch and doesnt particularly leave a sunny outlook. Gaghan gives the movie a kind of documentary feel which only heightens the films themes and impact. The acting in the film is simply some of the best of the year. Matt Damon and George Clooney both deliver some of their best performances of their careers. As I stated before, this isnt a feel good movie but it is a very smart and thought provoking film which will leave you asking plenty of questions about the real world politics and policies.