The Manchurian Candidate
Movie Stats & Links
||Denzel Washington, Meryl Streep,
Liev Schreiber, Jon Voight, Buzz Kilman
||Good for couples.
||People get chased.
||A couple of lines.
suspense-filled ending when you wonder who will get shot.
Scott Rudin, Jonathan Demme, Ilona Herzberg
Jonathan Demme did one of the few and only things that
would make me give my movie-going dollars to him by seeing "The
Manchurian Candidate", rather than seeing "Harold & Kumar Go To White
Castle." What is that, you ask? He once again put newsman, bluesman
Buzz Kilman into his film. More on that later, letís get to the bulk
of the movie.
The Manchurian Candidate
A Movie Review
You probably know by now that "The Manchurian
Candidate" is a remake of the critically acclaimed 60ís classic,
updated to be set in modern times. Pretty much this story goes that a
business conglomerate is trying to get a mind-controlled candidate to
be President of the United States, for of course their own good. How
would you do that? Well, you would take a group of army commandos,
including your guy you want in the White House because he is the son
of a Senator who is in cahoots with you, divert their group to a
secret lab, implant some mind control devices, brainwash them into
some kind of Desert Storm attack, and eventually get him running for
office. Sounds simple enough, except Ben Marco (Denzel Washington),
the army commander, is having nightmares about lab experiments,
corroborated when another member of his group comes to him with a
detailed book of his nightmares. Now Ben is trying to get in touch
with Raymond (Liev Schreiber), the dude running for office, to see if
he has nightmares, too. The problem is Raymondís conniving and
seemingly incestuous (this really creeped me out) mother, Eleanor,
fantastically played by Meryl Streep, keeps getting in the way. Now
lots of action and suspense ensue.
"The Manchurian Candidate," for me, is just a solid political
thriller based on a premise that is a little scary, but no more than
knowing people already are in political office and donít need to have
a mind-control device in their head to do what their political and
corporate buddies want them to do. They just need a little extra cash
or a favor or two. But enough political mumbo-jumbo. Well acted with a
story that doesnít give you a break to go to the bathroom, this movie
will do well to fill your need for a good thriller.
"Alright, Dude, you open this review, give us a short and worthless
synopsis because we already knew all of this because of the trailer,
but who the hell is this Buzz Kilman guy and why did that make you see
this movie instead of the stoner flick we really want to read about"
you might be asking yourself right now. Well, Iíll tell you.
Buzz Kilman is a radio dude here in Chicago, mostly responsible for
the news, but also adding some fabulous insight into the world, now on
the air with Steve Dahl, previously having his own air shift,
previously working with Jonathan Brandmeier, previously working with
Steve Dahl, and just pretty much somehow finding a way to keep himself
on the air in Chicago for the last 20+ years. Me, Iíve been a big fan
of Mr. Kilman for over 15 years now, love his commentary, and without
him I wouldnít have gotten a kick out of the documentary
Festivus" nor hear the fantastic Piranha Man with his CD
Goats." But I digress. Anyway, if you look at his film bio on the
Internet Movie Database, after you get past the "Doubting Riley"
listing, you find that he pretty much sticks with Jonathan Demme
films. You saw him get eaten in "The Silence of the Lambs," wondered
who the dude was in the elevator in "Philadelphia," and if youíre
watching "The Manchurian Candidate" you might wonder why, when the
feds are watching the video monitor as people go through the metal
detectors, they spotlight on "The Man in the Shades" rather than
Captain Ben Marco who is clearly going through the other lane. They
even zoom in on the man, only to quickly dismiss him. That "Man in the
Shades" is Buzz. I know, it sounds crazy, but seeing him there brought
a smile to my face.
Enough of that. "The Manchurian Candidate" is a great film. Go see
it. 4 Ĺ Stars out of 5.
Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!