The moment the movie started, I was ready to accept anything that might happen. I thought to myself; "empty and open your mind, it's only a movie, broaden your views, etc." I was afraid of the premise of religion, and I might be offended or something. With all due respect, the world we living now is a bit shitty and people easily get upset with everything. So when I watched this movie, I was not dissapointed at all. Very well executed, good storylines, no religious tone, and it's nice to see everyone's point of view in this movie.
CIA agent, Bob Barnes (George Clooney) begins to uncover the disturbing truth about the work he has devoted his life to. An oil broker, Bryan Woodman (Matt Damon) faces an unimaginable family tragedy and finds redemption in his partnership with an idealistic Gulf Emir, Prince Nasir (Alexander Siddig). A corporate lawyer, Bennet Holiday (Jeffrey Wright) faces a moral dilemma as he finesses the questionable merger of two powerful US oil companies. A Pakistani teenager named Wasim (Mazhar Munir) falls prey to the recruiting efforts of a charismatic cleric named Agiza (Amr Waked). Each plays their small part in the vast and complex system that powers the industry, unaware of the explosive impact their lives will have upon the world.
Just like Traffic, The Constant Gardener and Crash, the film's multiple storylines weave together to illuminate the human consequences of the fierce pursuit of wealth and power. Crashis about racism, Traffic is about drugs, and this movie is about oil and politic. Nasty, I might add -- how everyone is trying to get their grubby little hands into the messy politic and measly oil. The government, the terrorist, the kings, the businessmen, the official, they all guilty without even they realizing it. Wonderfully believable film with fine performances and great production values, rich in insight. However, the narrative thread was too broken for me to follow. I got lost in the number of characters -- all nicely realized and believable -- but the focus did not stay with any one of them long enough to tell a coherent story. By handling dozens of loose plot threads in the opening act, without any hint of connections, the film gives the impression that each of the numberless characters is simply spinning their wheels. We don't see any progress of plot until it finally kicks into gear at the second act. George Clooney is great, no wonder he bag himself an Oscar. He looks believable as a confused, yet determine CIA agent. He speaks Arabic, for crying out loud!
Everyone's performances are great, I don't exactly have any rib to the actors. The non-Hollywood actors are also magnificent; and I thought the charming terrorist Agiza, played by Amr Waked is so handsome... Shame on me. And Alexander Siddiq is my ideal of a husband. Damn. Syriana highlights the reality of the story's situation. I wanted to cry during the scene where Wasim hug his father, because he's going to be a suicide bomber. Awesome scene is when Danny Dalton (Tim Blake Nelson) screamed to Bennet, "Corruption is our protection. Corruption is what keeps us safe and warm. Corruption is why you and I are here prancing around here instead of fighting each other for scraps of meat out there in the streets.Corruption; is why we win." Brilliant.Unfortunately, the movie is tad too long. You really need to pay attention carefuly in this movie. Maybe because too many characters in one movie, I had a hard time to be sympathize. But the advantage of such a method lies sneakily in our confusion; we pay more attention to these loose threads, desperately trying to find the connection; so when pieces finally do start falling into place, we have an extremely deep understanding of the compelling story.
Due to my hectic schedule, I will not be able to review all new movies every week. I apologize. I will however review some older movies from DVDs from time to time. Thank you for understanding.
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