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Starring: George Clooney, Matt Damon, Jeffrey Wright, Chris Cooper, William Hurt
MPAA Rated: R
Released By: Warner Bros.
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Kiddie Movie: Maybe only if you want them to be an oil tycoon.
Date Movie: Only if the both of you are into thinking movies.
Gratuitous Sex: Nah.
Gratuitous Violence: Some pretty good brutality, especially the torture of George Clooney's character.
Action: Not really.
Laughs: Not really.
Memorable Scene: The torture scene, and Bryan's (Damon) rant in the desert.
Memorable Quote: No great one-liners.
Directed By: Stephen Gaghan
Produced By: Jennifer Fox, Michael Nozik, Georgia Kacandes

A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - R

It's 2:06 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
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

"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!! L8R!!!


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