A Film Review By Jason L. King
|Starring: George Clooney, Matt Damon, Chris Cooper, Amanda Peet, Jeffery Wright
Directed By: Steven Gaghan
Rated: Rated R for language, violence and disturbing imagery
Box Office Bullet Points: The Movie In A Nutshell
*This political thriller tried so hard to stay wishy washy. Just like the American government, there is no black or whire. This film hides in the grey areas and is afraid to actually speak it’s mind.
*Not enough character development to make me care about the people involved in the story.
*Film was definitely cut down from it’s original length, this is especially evident when watching the Matt Damon character. *The movie doesn’t push the envelope. The movie is about corruption of oil companies. They’ve already crossed the line and sided with a predominately liberal crowd, why not side full force and make a real statement? *The film has a scene with Half naked Clooney torture. Anyone who knows me should know that torture is fine in my book, but half naked Clooneys…thats a different story all together. I’m far too much of a homophob for that! (just kidding) In a time where the political thriller ios the new norm for Hollywood, Syriana steps out into the ranks of Goodnight and Goodluck, Lord of War, and the Constant Gardener. Unlike it’s predecessors, it fails to pack enough of a politically charged punch. I personally did not connect with any of the characters. I did not feel as though I knew any of them. There was a lot going on in this film and it wasn’t presented well enough to me to make heads or tails of it. Whiel I do not want to sound like a film snob, I was confused at times by this film, and I had done my homework before I went in! The mainstream audience is going to be coming out of this baffled and confused and not caring enough to watch it a second time.
A great idea and a great Clooney performance make this film watchable, yet quickly forgettable.