Sunday, December 11, 2005

Movie Review: SYRIANA

Jason Apuzzo, over at the Libertas blog, has been reporting for weeks that writer-director Stephen Gaghan’s movie Syriana, which opened widely this weekend, is a “left-leaning screed” that singles out the Bush administration for criticism. It’s not. Syriana, starring George Clooney, Matt Damon, Christopher Plummer, and a whole bunch of other recognizable faces (including Alexander Siddig, the dude who played Dr. Julian Bashir on Deep Space Nine), is a terrific, dramatic analysis and critique of some 80 years of failed U.S. policy in the Middle East. It doesn’t single out any president in particular, even though it takes place in the post-9/11 world. It places blame where it belongs — on excessive political and economic power.

Syriana isn’t an easy movie to watch, and it doesn’t have a plot thread that’s easy to follow. Rather, like Gaghan’s Traffic of a few years ago, the film unwinds many different threads. But it’s well worth your effort.

3 Comments:

At 2:29 PM, Anonymous Dan Spielberg said...

Hey there Wally. "Syriana" sounds fascinating. I'll check it out for sure. I also urge everyone concerned about imperialism to watch the old flick "Battle of Algiers", which is about the war for Algerian independence from France. It shows how imperialism ineveitably leads to abuses of power (torture, killing of innocents...). The things the french General says in that movie could have been uttered by modern day U.S. officials.

 
At 12:22 AM, Anonymous DrCruel said...

It does give you an idea of the Left's worldview regarding the Middle East, but that hardly means it's an accurate view by any means. The quick quip about Mossadegh was especially telling - he was an Iranian prime minister, associated with the Tudeh, that was jailed for attempting to overthrow the government in Iran and make himself dictator. Here they compare him to a liberal progressive who is (of course) promptly assassinated by the CIA.

 
At 11:11 PM, Blogger Saad Bin Qaisar said...

i solely agree wid you. I am just back from theater after watching it, and i couldnt help, but appreciate the objectiveness with which the movie has been framed... A real nice effort, and a very insightful depiction of another world that exists for american public to see...

 

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