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GOOD .. AS FAR AS IT GOES
on May 15, 2009
If this miniseries had gone a little deeper into the background and scope of Iraqi politics it would certainly deserve another star, since it is really very well done, as far as it goes. The real weakness of the series lies in the very superficial look at the private life of Saddam, without going into any particular aspect in depth. There was a whole lot more that could have been included, so as to give the thing more weight and substance.
As it is, we are given a sort of Hollywood reenactment of some of the seemier aspects of Saddam Hussein and his family, albeit very well interpreted by Yigal Naor as Saddam. He is a really commanding presence and thoroughly credible in the principal role, which lends the series much of its authenticity. The rest of the cast is variable, although the rather important character of Kamel Hussein comes over as very wooden. Tariq Aziz, however, is just fine, and Saddam's son, Uday, is more or less what one would imagine him to be.
Notwithstanding its limitations, this is a very watchable miniseries, which, as I have said, would have merited a higher rating if only it had gone a little deeper into the subject.