Syriana (DVD)

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  • Jeffrey Wright is Bennett Holiday.
  • George Clooney is Bob Barnes.
  • Matt Damon is Brian Woodman.
  • Alexander Siddig is Prince Nasir Al-Subbai.

Syriana (DVD)

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Stephen Gaghan, who won an Oscar for Best Screenplay for TRAFFIC, makes his directorial debut with SYRIANA, an espionage thriller set in the Middle Ea...

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Super

ProTense/gripping, good performances, eye-opening/tho...

ConsNear constant subtitles, jerky camerawork, title s...

- Story - From what I could tell, Syriana tells the story of numerous people, both Americans and Middle Easterns who are involved in the oil industry, some just trying to get reliable a job and others inevitably exploiting the fragile political and economical situations for their own reasons. It...

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“Mis-Syriana”

published 22/08/2007

ProDeep and involved

ConsTends toward the morose

THE PLOT Syriana is a film made up of 4 sub-plots, running concurrently toward a single end. 1. Bob Barnes (played by George Clooney) is a CIA agent who, having spent many years doing the American government's dirty work in the Middle East, becomes disaffected when one of the missiles that he...

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Excellent

ProFlawless storytelling

ConsA slow run up to the main plot for those easily di...

I can't deny the arrival of Syriana had me seeing both positives and negatives. Although I had heard that George Clooney pulled out his greatest performance ever I was also concerned that the subject matter of Syriana may be a little beyond me. All I knew about Syriana was that it had at least...

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Excellent

ProGripping storyline with superb direction and fanta...

ConsThe subject matter will be a little too dark or to...

Given the current situation in the Middle East it seemed almost fitting that I seen Syriana for the second time on Sunday night. The latest movie staring George Clooney was released earlier this year and having seen it in the cinema I was completely blown away. This isn't Clooney's usual role and...

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Excellent

ProGreat performances, sharp writing and direction

ConsIt might make people believe Matt Damon can act

"Syriana" is the term used for a hypothetical Middle-Eastern super-state. The oil-rich area has been fought over for thousands of years and tempers flare whenever foreign governments get involved. Bob Barnes is a CIA agent trying to track a missing missile sold to a terrorist group. Bryan Woodman...

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“Deep Heat”

published 27/10/2006

ProInteresting subject matter, decent performances

ConsConfusing story, boring subplots

Sometimes you see a film after it's won some awards and when those final credits roll you wonder what all the fuss was about. It's happened this year with Crash, sure it's a decent film but there were far better. The same can be said for Syriana, a film that garnered the best supporting actor...

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Super

ProA very interesting movie with some great moments.....

ConsThe confusion created by so many parallel stories.

Nominated for two Academy Awards, Best Actor in a Supporting Role (George Clooney) and Best Original Screenplay (Stephen Gaghan), this is only Gaghan’s second movie as a director. It is actually as a screenwriter that Gaghan has made his career and it’s important to emphasise his best work...

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Super

ProIntelligent, treats the viewer with respect

ConsLeaves you feeling a bit helpless

A portrait of the politics, corruption and personalities which underline the modern oil industry. The consequences of a merger between two US energy companies and the dynastic struggle between royal brothers ripple across the lives of a group of individuals from all levels of society. As you...

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Stephen Gaghan, who won an Oscar for Best Screenplay for TRAFFIC, makes his directorial debut with SYRIANA, an espionage thriller set in the Middle East. George Clooney stars as Bob Barnes, a longtime CIA agent preparing to slow down his life and spend more time with his teenage son (Max Minghella). But his last secret mission, getting rid of Prince Nasir (Alexander Siddig), turns out to be more complicated than he imagined, placing him in the middle of a dangerous conspiracy involving government corruption, oil, and international terrorism. Matt Damon, who starred with Clooney in OCEAN'S ELEVEN and OCEAN'S TWELVE (and made a cameo in Clooney's CONFESSIONS OF A DANGEROUS MIND, which was also about spies and conspiracies), plays Bryan Woodman, an energy man whose ethics become vulnerable after the horrific loss of one of his sons. Meanwhile, in Washington, D.C., lawyers Bennett Holiday (Jeffrey Wright) and Dean Whiting (Christopher Plummer) also must choose between the government's special interests and what's best for the world (as well as their own special interests). Gaghan gives SYRIANA a documentary-like feel, using handheld cameras and shooting on location, adding to the believability of the complex plot. To heighten the realism, Clooney learned to speak Arabic and even put on thirty pounds for the role. A fast-paced, heart-pounding, relentless film, SYRIANA was inspired by the true story of former CIA agent Robert Baer, told in his book SEE NO EVIL: THE TRUE STORY OF A GROUND SOLDIER IN THE CIA'S WAR ON TERRORISM.

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