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Syriana [Blu-ray] (2006)

George Clooney , Matt Damon , Stephen Gaghan  |  R |  Blu-ray
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (416 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: George Clooney, Matt Damon, Jeffrey Wright, Chris Cooper, Christopher Plummer
  • Directors: Stephen Gaghan
  • Writers: Stephen Gaghan
  • Producers: George Clooney, Steven Soderbergh, Jennifer Fox, Michael Nozick, Georgia Kacandes
  • Format: AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, English, French
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 10, 2006
  • Run Time: 126 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (416 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000IYV1ME
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,523 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Syriana [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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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 world’s 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 he’s opposed by powers far beyond his control. Meanwhile, disenfranchised Pakistani youths are lured into terrorism by a radical Islamic cleric. And that’s 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 can’t quite seem to measure up to Gaghan’s 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, it’s a film that deserves to be taken seriously, and it’s likely to be one that will be talked about for a long time to come. --Dan Vancini

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Big oil means big money. Very big money. And that fact unleashes corruption that stretches from Houston to Washington to the Mideast and ensnares industrialists, princes, spies, politicos, oilfield laborers and terrorists in a deadly, deceptive web of move and countermove. This lightning-paced, whip-smart action thriller grips your mind and nerves with an intensity that doesn't let go for an instant.

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89 of 95 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars pay attention to the details July 8, 2006
By DL
Format:DVD
I would say this plot offers up more suspense and intriguing details than any Tom Clancy movie I've ever seen. It wasn't until about an hour into the story that things finally started to make sense. But, from that point on, I was hanging onto every word and piecing together every detail.

The trick to understanding this movie before it's over is to remember the names. Once you get to the point when you know who's who, everything else unfolds from there.

So, what's going on?

Matt Damon is a financial advisor to Prince Nassir. Prince Nassir's family just approved a deal for the chinese to come in and set up shop as oil drillers, as the chinese offered the highest bid.

However, the US wants to cut the chinese out of the picture so that the newly merged connex and the smaller oil company can do their thing in place of the chinese.

So, now we're at that scene when the old guy is talking to Prince Nassir's younger brother on the yacht. What you have to infer is that the "wish" that Nassir's younger brother wants the "cat's paw" to grant is to have his older brother, Prince Nassir, assassinated. In return for the favor, the US will get the oil contract instead of the chinese.

That's when the CIA have George Clooney arrange for Prince Nassir to be assassinated. However, you know that doesn't work out. You might recall the torture scene. After Clooney narrowly escapes certain death, the torturer threatens to reveal the CIA's assassination attempt to the media.

Next we see Clooney threatening the old man in the cafe. A trusted co-worker had informed him that the old man is setting him up to be the fall guy for any negative backlash resulting from the exposure of the failed assassination attempt.
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103 of 113 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Syriana is not for Everyone; Then for Who..? March 4, 2006
I won't try to restate or expand upon previous reviews found here for Syriana. Many contributors have offered a better reviews of the content of Syriana than I could describe.

But I will point out that whether Syriana is for you or not, has more to do with the movie-goer, than the movie itself.

Consider:

1) Can you check your political prejudices at the front door?

2) Are you willing to attempt to follow four "chess games" simultaneously?

3) Have you the courage to feel really upset at the end?

If you can answer "YES" to all three questions, then Syriana may just be one of the most worthwhile movie releases of 2005.

If you answered "NO" to any of these points, you'd better pass on Syriana.
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54 of 62 people found the following review helpful
By Royster
Gagan's ideas based film -- while lacking the visual virtuosity of Traffic -- raises some very interesting questions indeed. But all is lost to a collective audience who thinks the "24" is complex and challenging or "Crash" is deep...

It seems that the US audience are so used to "film as pure sensory entertainment" that it infuriated them when nothing is resolved. I find most "bad reviews" (either here or in the press) are laced with misinformation, xenophobia, partisanship bias and juvenille comments. It is unfortunate that doing a narratively complex film offering an alternative view (esp. regarding terrorism) would incite more hate and ignorance as opposed to dialogue.

I find the film to be very well made and the issues it raises are very interesting (esp to those informed in Network systems and the Chaos theory), to a certain extent, Matt Damon, the actor and the narrative his character carries is the weakest part of film and is what I assume a concession to the joe q public -- to present the point of view of an "Average Joe".

Syriana stands proudly alongside The Insider, The Constant Gardner, Traffic and to a lesser extent, Munich (which wraps its ideology in easy to digest Thriller genre conventions ) in honoring the "New Cinema" of the 70s when filmmakers pushed against the grain, but unlike the 70s, there is no longer an like-minded audience (except for the critics) here in the States. I would predict the film to do a lot better in the rest of the world.
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185 of 241 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oil Spill December 2, 2005
As in the stunning "Traffic" of a few years ago, "Syriana" adopts the audacious tact of piecing together many plot strains with the intention of making some major points about the need /desperation and unending thirst for Oil. As in "Traffic" Gaghan sets up a situation in which Oil, not drugs is an obsession, a sickness really...the real stuff of life and he peoples his movie with those who support and thrive on his thesis: the C.I.A, the Arab Nations, the US oil companies. People are victimized, blown-up, tortured, brutalized and even murdered in service of the all-mighty pursuit of black gold.
Writer/Director Stephen Gaghan (writer of "Traffic") has the sense though of making the proceedings global yet often times heart breakingly personal which only makes his film more persuasive, more contemporary, more like real, rather than reel, life.
George Clooney, bloated and bearded and not looking at all like the "Worlds Sexiest Man" plays a C.I.A. agent, Bob Barnes: a work-horse agent...one who is sent out on missions as a scapegoat, one who is not expected to succeed but time and time again completes his missions to the utter dismay of his superiors: whereas all of his contemporaries are earning raises and respect, he earns neither and in fact he is abhorred for his expertise: definitely a case of someone who gets the job done his own way and does not follow the party line: a rebel. Why? It's never really explained but it is obvious that Barnes is an outsider: a man more sinned against than sinning. And even with the extra 20 pounds, grey beard and baggy, shapeless clothes, Clooney has never been more effective: he's gruff, he's gross, he's driven but he is nonetheless a good guy...someone who always has the big picture in mind and sees and understands the forest despite the trees.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
One of my 5 top movies of all time. And #1 as of the present. What an amazing piece of work!
Published 12 days ago by Alpha121
5.0 out of 5 stars The Dynamics of The Middle East: Sad as Poverty, Deep as History.
You owe it to yourself to experience this story. Its sad but true portrait of the real-politik that governs events in the Middle East is chilling. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Tommy Paine
4.0 out of 5 stars Political Thriller
Excellent Acting by George Clooney and Matt Damon. It was a little difficult to follow, as there were numerous plots.
Published 1 month ago by P. Gleason
1.0 out of 5 stars This movie sucked!
Here's the problem..........
The movie has 5 different story lines running together at the same time. It's too busy. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Coach Edwin E. Fleece
1.0 out of 5 stars Wow. What a Mess
This thing is a colossal failure, a tremendously ambitious enterprise that falls flat on its face. The fault, I think, lies in the direction. Read more
Published 1 month ago by John H. Mouser
4.0 out of 5 stars A great ride
A good movie even if it does over simplify very complex issues. The cast just can't be beat in this film.
Published 2 months ago by max swenson
4.0 out of 5 stars At Times Confusing, But Still Satisfying.
As has been the the general criticism, the multiplicity of story lines does tend to confuse. It will probably require most viewers to watch it several times to get the full gist of... Read more
Published 2 months ago by D
1.0 out of 5 stars lousy waste of time
It was most unmemorable. I only remember that I was greatly disappointed in a George Clooney film. I can't recommend it.
Published 3 months ago by sizzortongue
3.0 out of 5 stars Great cast, plot was confusing at times
Overall good movie, but it was hard to follow the plot at times and understand the connections between the characters
Published 3 months ago by Sufie K. Seifoddini
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Great price and as described. I would buy this again and recommend to a friend. Good quality and price. Great value.
Published 3 months ago by Jay J.
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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
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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 Paul Schmidt |  See all 2 posts
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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.
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