Syriana

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    U.S. energy giant Connex is losing control of key Middle East oil fields in a kingdom ruled by the al-Subaai family. The emirate's foreign minister, Prince Nasir has granted natural gas drilling rights to a Chinese company, greatly upsetting the U.S. oil industry and government. To compensate for its decreased Show more... production capacity, Connex initiates a shady merger with Killen, a smaller oil company that recently won the drilling rights to key petroleum fields in Kazakhstan. Antitrust regulators at the U.S. Justice Department have misgivings. A Washington, D.C.-based law firm is hired to smooth the way for the merger. Bennett Holiday is assigned to promote the impression of due diligence to the DoJ, deflecting any allegations of corruption.

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    This is intelligent, committed, and politically provocative, though its narrative puzzle box may prompt you to throw up your hands and let ExxonMobil go on running the world.

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    Its dark, dog-eat-dog vision of the world we live in may give you geopolitical nightmares.

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    Evidently, such matters of thematic coherence, so well explored by Gaghan in Traffic, were not as important to him this time around, and it's a mistake.

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    It's entirely possible that Gaghan just isn't an actor's director.

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    Syriana impresses, not because it is very moving, which it isn't, or because it is crystal clear, which it also isn't, but because it is so large, so encompassing, so seemingly privy to inside stuff.

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    Watch closely and listen carefully during Syriana because Stephen Gaghan's movie is that rarity: a thinking person's drama.

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    It's hard to get passionately swept away by a movie when you're struggling continually to figure out who's doing what to whom and why.

    2/4
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    Syriana is complex, engrossing, involving and depressing. Difficult to absorb, it is also difficult to accept, and it is one of the best films of 2005.

    5/5
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    Syriana coolly dissects a system of duplicity, chicanery and corruption that has been in play for several decades now, and examines the consequences that it has borne.

    3/4
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    Syriana is an ambitious edifice, built with conviction and skill. But I'm not sure I understand it, and I'm not sure I care.

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    A purposely jagged and harsh news story of a film, Syriana attempts to take on the powers that run the world and for the most part it succeeds.

    A-
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    It forces you to intently watch and listen and ask questions, something that in the past six years has been skillfully portrayed as an unpatriotic response to an increasingly complex international scenario.

    4/4
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    [Syriana] has what lots of great thrillers have, a sense that it knows things we don't, that even the most skeptical of us may be a little naive about the ways of the world.

    B
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    Syriana is a fascinating movie -- and a substantive and thought-provoking one -- but it does not necessarily attain greatness.

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    Intelligent, political, incensed, timely, and appropriately cynical.

    3/4
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    As he did in Traffic, Gaghan intertwines his disparate subplots with impeccable pacing -- his screenplay is a model of how to arrange scenes so that each one ends leaving you wanting to know more.

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    Your enjoyment of this movie will be in direct proportion to your patience. If you can stand not knowing everything right now and wait for the story's threads to weave into a rug, Syriana makes for an engaging time.

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    Mr. Gaghan doesn't insult our intelligence, but he demands our attention. If you're up to those demands, you'll be rewarded.

    B+
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    Syriana is an endlessly fascinating movie about oil and money, America and China, traders and spies, the Gulf States and Texas, reform and revenge, bribery and betrayal.

    4/4
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    Untangle the Gordian knot at the heart of Syriana and you find a riveting drama of succession.

    4/4
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    What's so powerful about the film is the rich stories it tells and how it leads them like so many human tributaries to one black, bubbling source.

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    Syriana is a caustic and cynical political thriller with a plot that occasionally confuses but a message that leaves no room for misinterpretation.

    3/4
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    You keep straining to understand the bits and pieces of information that you can make out, but it still adds up to a lot less than the sum of its parts.

    2/4
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    The film's weary, politically wary vibe sticks with you.

    3/4
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    A gripping and daringly complex movie about How Things Get Done these days in the blood-drenched world of oil, politics and religion.

    A-
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    Though never a fan of Mr. Clooney onscreen, I doff my hat to him for checking his vanity at the door and trying to make movies with more significance than the weekend grosses in Variety.

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    One can say of Mr. Gaghan, Mr. Soderbergh and Mr. Clooney that their heads may be in the right place in Syriana, but their hearts are not much in evidence as far as any emotional investment in their characters is concerned.

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    It's a strange movie, and a stunningly pessimistic one, and the strangeness and pessimism connect it (in my mind, at least) to other recent American films in ways that suggest that something unhappy in the national mood has crept into the movies.

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    Gaghan comes on like a heavyweight, but he's wearing kid gloves.

    B-
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    It leaves us gasping for air, scratching our heads and wondering if we've seen something truly important or something that just thinks it is. But at least it leaves us thinking.

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    In some ways, we're the protagonist, and when the strands coalesce in the last hour and we glimpse the bigger picture, Syriana finally eats into the mind.

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    The stars are all good here ... (and they're aided by supporting work from dependable performers such as Chris Cooper, William Hurt and Christopher Plummer) and Clooney -- and his story -- really shines.

    3/4
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    A complex, intriguing narrative about oil, terrorism, money and power.

    5/5
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    Hugely ambitious, excellently acted and very challenging.

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    The presence of George Clooney, Matt Damon and other fine actors helps you ignore your sense of descending ignorance as the movie unfolds. And the ending, when you think about it for a few days, does add up.

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    Seldom have form, content and cultural sensibility been so excitably aligned as in this fascinating, exasperating film about the unholy marriage of power politics and global business.

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    Syriana isn't the perfect guide, but its torch probes the darkness further than most and shines brightly enough that blindness can no longer can be our excuse.

    3/4
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    Syriana has a lot of big, important things to say about big, important things, and it says them with a sense of urgency.

    B-
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    Thought-provoking and unnerving, emotionally engaging and intellectually stimulating.

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    A fearless and ambitious piece of work, made with equal parts passion and calculation, an unapologetically entertaining major studio release with compelling real-world relevance, a film that takes numerous risks and thrives on them all.

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    [A]n engrossing, insider's tour of the world's hottest spots, grandest schemes and most dangerous men.

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    The movie may be too knowing for its own good, but it's not glib and it never goes cheesy.

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    It's a wake-up call. In today's environment, it's a rare thing to find a movie with interesting characters in dense, intelligent storylines, but that's what Syriana offers.

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    Somehow, the movie convinces you, through its strengths of characterization and atmosphere, that it's showing a little of how the world really works -- and that the world's dark machinations are every bit as sordid and pitiless as your worst suspicions.

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    This is a cynical but undoubtedly accurate portrayal of the inner workings of international politics, where white-shoe lawyers and oil executives can be nearly as ruthless as the CIA hit men and missile-toting rebels.

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    What Syriana feels like is a television miniseries condensed into two hours.

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    The richness of detail is immense.

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    No dry civics lesson, this fighting-mad film isn't just hot, it's incendiary. And no one gets off the hook. You see it with the exhilarating feeling that a movie can make a difference.

    4/4
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