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Matt Damon, Jeffrey Wright, Chris Cooper, William Hurt
||Maybe only if you
want them to be an oil tycoon.
||Only if the both
of you are into thinking movies.
||Some pretty good
brutality, especially the torture of George Clooney's
||The torture scene,
and Bryan's (Damon) rant in the desert.
Michael Nozik, Georgia Kacandes
Watching "Syriana," it occurred to me why a lot of people
wonít like this movie. I think itís simply that you have to
pay attention to the movie. Letís get to the storyÖ
A Movie Review
"Syriana" gives us a bunch of stories going on at the
same time. They are all separate stories, could really be
told of as individual movies on their own, but these stories
all intertwine in some way, and for that, you have to pay
attention and not forget what just happened in the previous
scene, or for that matter, the scene before that. There is
one story involving Bryan (Matt Damon), who thanks to his
sonís untimely demise, finds himself on the inside of the
Arab ruling party. There is the other story of a merger of
two oil companies, and their interaction with the same Arab
country. There is another story of a couple of previous oil
company employees, laid off because of the partnership of
the two oil companies (see how the stories start to
intertwine?). And there is yet another story of the
government investigating the oil company merger and how one
company was able to secure some contract work when they
probably shouldnít have been able to. And, oh yea, I almost
forgot, you get the storyline of Bob (George Clooney),
working for the CIA, trying to keep things at bay in a
covert kind of way. Thatís a lot to think about in what
turns out to be an entertaining movie if you pay attention.
Itís hard to explain this movie any further other than to
say itís a movie trying to make a statement about the big
business of oil, itís influence on government, itís
influence on peace, itís influence on families, and itís
influence on two dudes just wanting a job.
Quite honestly Iím tired of thinking about the movie, so
will just wrap things up with these last observations.
First, Matt Damon is impressing me more and more as an
actor. Heís a smart dude in Boston in one movie, heís a
secret agent in another, and for "Syriana," heís an energy
trader, and Matt is portraying all of them greatly. Second,
George Clooney really showed some better acting chops in
this film than in quite a while. And finally, if you want to
see a movie that you have to actually pay attention to in
order not to get confused, "Syriana" is the movie for you.
If you want a mind-numbing experience at the gigaplex, and
you decide to see this film, I can pretty much guess that
during most of the film you will just sit there
dumb-founded. Even though, itís really a good film, and
fabulously intertwines all of the stories as long as you pay
attention. Itís 4 stars out of 5.
Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!!