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Didnt want to.I liked the way I experienced the film: I couldnt explain the story, but I never felt lost in it.
Like the title itself think tank talk for a hypothetical reshaping of the Middle East this is a working paper of ideas driven by hypothesis, rather th ..
Its subject matter has an urgent topicality and its storytelling technique demands that attention be paid.
But despite an impeccable cast and an articulate script that brandishes its issues, the film has the feel of a lecture that is dutiful and shrill at t ..
The misunderstanding among countries and cultures is one of many themes Gaghan touches on without shedding much light.
Barbara Lipska, a neuroscientist who was diagnosed with melanoma tumors in her brain.
However, the problem with this kind of narrative tapestry is that the audience is offered heaps of thread and asked to take on faith the grand design.
This film treats its audience not merely as adults but as experts.
But, at least, this film makes a serious effort to give us an idea of whats going down and lays on us its own moral compass; its only too bad the char ..
Others will blast it as liberal propaganda dreamed up by conspiracy theorists.
Gaghans ambitious film is so complex the viewer may never quite catch every little subplot, inference or character motivation, but it is a richly rewa ..
It all looked and felt good and authentic, but it ultimately left me feeling empty and angry inside.Not angry at the films message, but angry at its m ..
Writer director Stephen Gaghans geopolitical drama makes not one iota of sense, geopolitically or dramatically.
It falls short of its high goals, but achieves much more than less ambitious films.
You go out for popcorn and youre doomed.This movie shouldnt come with a rating, it should come with a syllabus.
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It has a pessimism and an intelligence rare in American movies that makes you want to root for it.
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It also fulfils all the key criteria of a decent political thriller itll make you angry, itll make you think and itll scare the hell out of you.
One of the best films of the year reveals the violence, the corruption, and the political chicanery involved in maintaining our addiction to fossil fu ..
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It leaves us gasping for air, scratching our heads and wondering if weve seen something truly important or something that just thinks it is. But at le ..
But the confusions in this movie should not be mistaken for the passionate chaos of creativity.Bad exposition is more like it.
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Clooney, who put on weight and a beard for the part, is the standout here.
The film is thrilling in the standard sense we use to describe movies, in the visceral way of forcing you to the edge of your seat more than once.
The ending, cinematically climactic of course, is nevertheless the films weak point for me; it punches home Gaghans editorial point most successfully, ..
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But seeing it on the screen like this, in such an off handed, almost documentary style is quite unsettling.
Shadows On The Wall
Clooney and Soderbergh love the great political films of the late 1960s and 70s, movies that were popular but serious, entertaining but politically en ..
Syriana Weaves Stories of Oil and Power toggle caption Warner Bros. The new film Syriana is an interwoven tale of terrorism and covert business intere ..
This layering of stories is what makes Syriana a brilliant and challenging film.
Whatever your politics, its a glib and less than original movie punch line.
Reel Talk Reviews
Although billed as a political thriller, Syriana lacks the thrills and suspense promised in its impressive previews.
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Not that it reads like fantasy.If anything it feels like a documentary.
The movie might have worked even better had it been a miniseries that could have more deeply developed the folks caught in the storys gears.
It demands our attention; its not the kind of movie that you sit back and enjoy.
The bad news is that its harder to keep up with, filled with ambiguous characters and talky exchanges thatll leave even the most alert audiences scrat ..
Successful movie are, its said, the ones whose story and appeal can be expressed in a single sentence.
It is a testament to Gaghans sharp filmmaking prowess that he has made an occasionally incomprehensible work that still manages to be captivating and ..
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Once youve figured out what is going on, youre likely to be kept on the edge of your seat, much like you might while watching a Jack Ryan or Jason Bou ..
Unfortunately Gaghans stirring documentary/handheld cam filmmaking is contradicted by the overall convoluted feel of the movie which comes to a too ne ..
If so, and if it has any correlation to this film, its an anti American diatribe.This film defines convoluted.
It fails on a basic storytelling level, never quite fully establishing its characters and forcing us to sit through scene after scene not knowing what ..
Secrecy is the watchword and truth about as welcome as a mistress at a funeral.
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Movies offer us wildly divergent stories with vivid, close up emotions, and so did the six fimmakers we invited to take part in the Envelope Directors ..
And call me old fashioned but I also prefer my movies to have a protagonist that I can root for.
Three Movie Buffs
This film will speak volumes to those who are ready to brave its demands.
It may be a liberal indulgence that offers us more sympathetic Arab power brokers than it does good American ones.
While I love good mindless fun at the movies its also refreshing to have the brain fully engaged.Syriana will engage your brain.
Alexander Siddig, famously of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine does some heretofore unseen solid work as the man who would be Emir.
Big Picture Big Sound
Syriana needs more intensity and could have cut out a few characters who seem to have no purpose, but its a fine film sure to spur conversations, even ..
If you want stylish filmmaking, emotion and thrills, you might want to wait for something else.
Montreal Film Journal
Sometimes you wish Gaghan would simply slow down and let us linger awhile with his characters.
You will be able to save yourself from getting disappointed of watching nothing but a lame movie.
Window To The Movies
Syriana is an ambitious edifice, built with conviction and skill. But Im not sure I understand it, and Im not sure I care.
It is not a conventional paranoid thriller, because there is nothing to be paranoid about.
At first baffling, never wholly lucid but always compelling our total attention, the film introduces us to a wide range of people while feeding us pie ..
It simply shines a light in the right place, illuminating its corners and defying us to look away.
Flip Side Archive
A story done right about oil greed has the potential to be an authoritative must see, but Syriana is not that film.
From The Balcony
Corruption keeps us safe and warm, snarls one suited operative, and this film is committed to finding just how deep the rot reaches.
New States Man
The cinematic equivalent of a political science graduate students dissertation dry, intricate and emotionally unengaging Syriana piles on so many fact ..
Syriana is a fascinating movie and a substantive and thought provoking one but it does not necessarily attain greatness.
And the Pakistani teen will have to decide if self sacrifice is really the only way to get the worlds attention.Gaghans script brilliantly plays with ..
The result is a film that rewards multiple viewings and thoughtful mulling.
The thematic temperature of Syriana runs hot and doesnt waste a single second of film time.
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Even something like Paul Greengrass The Bourne Supremacy, dashingly souped up for escapist consumption, still detailed its skull and bones conspiracie ..
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Convoluted, disjointed and extremely dull...amounts to a bunch of ciphers having esoteric conversations about who knows what.
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Impartial and undeterred, it presents its subject material and characters without judgment.
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In the end it doesnt move you to action, and for activist cinema, that lack of energizing fervor is a bit of a problem, the longest yard between somet ..
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This is propaganda. Theres no doubt about that. Its also very well done, theres no doubt about that either.
It is to be commended for its high seriousness, even though like Clooneys very fine Good Night, and Good Luck its a little self important (Traffik avo ..
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