Heavyweighter (pun intended!) George Clooney lead an impressive ensemble in this engaging political thriller about how ruthless capitalism ruins lives and lands in the Middle East. A lot of dialogue and intrigue means that the brain has to be sharp and not heavy on drugs while watching as it has a lot of characters and subplots that blend into the film.
Purposely-confusing geopolitical drama. Clooney is solid and his storyline could have been the whole film. Also, no spoon fed American exceptionalism, no crap about defending freedom, or how tough it is to be a solider, or other airheaded pablum, thankfully. Really engaging all round.
"Corruption is why we win". Whilst 'Jihadis' (the literal meaning of the word 'to strive or apply oneself') are often castigated as the cause of problems in the Middle East, it is arguably symptomatic of imperial history, Machiavellian corporate hegemony and the marginalisation of developing nations. Diplomacy is a labyrinthine, minefield melting pot. The West are definitely complicit in this tragedy.
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."
This film feels like a wasted opportunity, they did have alot of interesting idea running around, but nothing really came together in a satisfying way. What was Wright doing? I love the actor so I was interested in his character but nothing really happened. The movie was boring, and when the moments it wasn't is few and far between. A movie can hold my attention if I'm engaged but I found myself drifting throughout.
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.
incomprehensible; awful. a labyrinthian, globe-trotting mess that wastes its stellar cast on oded exposition and ideological diatribes. interesting as a combination of bush-era kneejerk & 2000s interconnected/non-linear "web" screenwriting (globalism, yadda yadda--see also: BABEL). well-intended seriousness. well shot.