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Syriana is an oil-based soap opera set against the world of global oil cartels. It is to the oil industry as Traffic was to the drug trade (no surprise, since writer/director Stephen Gaghan wrote the screenplay to Traffic): a sprawling attempt to portray the vast political, business, social, and personal implications of a societal addiction, in this case, oil. A major merger between two of the worlds largest oil companies reveals ethical dilemmas for the lawyer charged with making the deal (Jeffrey Wright), and major global implications beyond the obvious; a CIA operative (George Clooney) discovers the truth about his work, and the people he works for; a young oil broker (Matt Damon) encounters personal tragedy, then partners with an idealistic Gulf prince (Alexander Siddig) attempting to build a new economy for his people, only to find hes opposed by powers far beyond his control. Meanwhile, disenfranchised Pakistani youths are lured into terrorism by a radical Islamic cleric. And thats just the start. As in Traffic, in one way or another all of the characters fates are tied to each other, whether they realize it or not, though the connections are sometimes tenuous. While Syriana is basically a good film with timely resonance, it cant quite seem to measure up to Gaghans ambitious vision and it very nearly collapses under the weight of its many storylines. Fortunately they are resolved skillfully enough to keep the film from going under in the end. To some viewers, Syriana will seem like an unfocused and over-loaded film that goes, all at once, everywhere and nowhere. Others will find it to be an important work earnestly exploring major issues. In either case, its a film that deserves to be taken seriously, and its likely to be one that will be talked about for a long time to come. --Dan Vancini
I'm torn between finding this movie to be very good, and finding it to be liberal propaganda.
It's very good in that it shows, rather than tells, things. Read more
Very hard to follow. Never did figure out the plot. I feel that a refund is on order.Published 5 days ago by N. Kappes
It was a little hard to follow the first time I watched but second time, I got it and loved it.Published 2 months ago by magic
It was not as intriguing as the teaser said it would be. I also didn't the need for Matt Damon's character to have such a significant part. It just seemed like fluff. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Michele Maliano
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Complicated and Confused?
I didn't think so. Sure it may not be edited for the attention span of most of our culture's movie-goers, but as long as you are paying attention, there isn't much confusing about this pic at all. I never really understood that criticism of this movie.
May 16, 2006 by Daniel S. Thompsen | See all 5 posts
I am confused as to why this isn't being released. Any info on this? Is it a content issue? Very strange...
Mar 17, 2006 by Juan Colivar | See all 2 posts
Hopefully they are making it a very good DVD well-worth buying. If there is any other reason why it is not being released, especially for content....well...then I won't be happy. I missed this one in the theaters. I'm sure it's release will be announced in a few weeks. Hopefully.
Mar 26, 2006 by Matthew B. Mclean | See all 3 posts
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