A missile disappears in Iran, but the CIA has other problems: the heir to an Emirate gives an oil contract to China, cutting out a US company that promptly fires its immigrant workers and merges with a small firm that has landed a Kazakhstani oil contract. The Department of Justice suspects bribery, and the oil company’s law firm finds a scapegoat. The CIA also needs one when its plot to kill the Emir-apparent fails. Agent Bob Barnes, the fall guy, sorts out the double cross. An American economist parlays the death of his son into a contract to advise the sheik the CIA wants dead. The jobless Pakistanis join a fundamentalist group. All roads start and end in the oil fields. —IMDb
Stephen Gaghan (born May 6, 1965) is an American screenwriter and director. He is noted for writing the screenplay for Steven Soderbergh’s film Traffic, based on a Channel 4 series, for which he won the Academy Award, as well as Syriana which he wrote and directed.
Childhood and education
Born in Louisville, Kentucky, the son of the former Elizabeth Jane Whorton and her first husband, Stephen Gaghan (d. 1980), and a stepson of Tom Haag, Gaghan attended Kentucky Country Day School, a college preparatory school in Louisville. He was an All-State soccer player where he held the assist record at the school for nearly three decades. He is a grandson of Jerry Gaghan, a newspaper columnist and drama critic for Variety and the Philadelphia Daily News, whose career inspired Gaghan’s own professional pursuits. As he wrote in a 2001 article in Newsweek, "I also wanted to be a writer, like my grandfather, who carried a card in his wallet that read, “If you find me, call my son [my father… read more
Feeling lost watching "Syriana?" No more lost than its characters, I'd imagine, which is intentional. A labyrinth, lavish, thoughtful poem about corporate greed, hidden motivations and utter helplessness at the complications of one of our greatest modern issues. "Corruption is why we win."
Syriana is an astonishingly well made political thriller that basically ignores any preconceive notion of what action and climax means and how it unfolds on american cinema in favor of facts, data and yes, a very very complicated web of intrigue, misinformation, relationships and a familiar sense of doom thanks to its topicality and an elegant, uncompromising style. Everything is great.