Syriana (2005)

Syriana_FilmHeader_960x336“In this town, you’re innocent until you’re investigated” – Dean Whiting

Number of Times Seen – 2 (22 Mar 2006 and 9 Dec 2013)

Brief Synopsis – This movies tries to explain the intricacies of life in the Middle East through interweaving stories of political and financial concerns that spearhead any major decisions made in the region.

My Take on it – This movie tells a whopping tale of political intrigue while trying to explain what motivates everything in the ever changing New Middle East.

The bottom line is money and oil and ALL decisions made  MUST keep those commodities in the forefront.

The idea here is great, but if one doesn’t pay close attention to everything going on, you can easily get lost and not find your way back so easily.

That is essentially the major flaw in this movie.  Too many things going on at once.

This movie tells four interweaving tales that together build a much larger story and if you follow along, you will ultimately be rewarded with a richer understanding of how complicated and screwed up things are in the region and in the regions trying to gain power throughout the Middle East.

George Clooney is almost (I said almost) unrecognizable as a former CIA man trying to better the region even when he doesn’t follow his orders directly.  He put on a lot of weight and agreed to make himself look older to properly portray this role.  He won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for this movie even though he has acted much better in some of his roles prior to this one.

What can I say, it was a VERY weak Oscar year and EVERYONE loves Clooney. 🙂

Matt Damon has a smallish role as an American financial adviser to an Arabian Prince trying to find meaning in his life.

Bottom Line – Good plot line, but you need to follow all of the stories very carefully in order to get complete enjoyment from the movie. Recommended!

Rating – Globe Worthy


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