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Syriana (2005)

Written By Awir Aditya on Thursday, July 2, 2009 | 11:09 PM


Genre: Crime/Action/ Drama

Starring: George Clooney, Jeffrey Wright, Matt Damon, Alexander Siddig

Four things in this world exist in tandem with each other. If any one is spoken of, the others follow. Oil, Middle-East, USA and terrorism. The movie uses the same backdrop and tells four different stories, with one ultimate end. The Lebonese foregin minister, Prince Nasir, (Siddig) has a dream of improving his countries economy and removing control that US has over them. He gives a Chinese company rights to dig oil in his country, which deeply angers various American corporations. Meanwhile, an American oil company Connex, merges with a smaller company Killen which has drilling rights in Kazakhsthan. The American Department of Justice cries foul and suspects bribery. Lawyer Bennett Holiday (Wright) is assigned the task in alleviating any allegations of corruption. CIA agent Robert Barnes (Clooney) knows the Middle-East like the back of his hand. Prince Nasir on learning that he may not be selected as heir to the throne, plans a military coup. The CIA want to prevent this and assign Barnes with the task of taking him out. The task fails after his hit man double-crosses him and instead gets down to finding out who was behind it. The CIA make Barnes their scapegoat to save their skin and take on the task of assassinating the Prince themselves. Bryan Woodman (Damon) is an energy analyst who loses his son in the Emir's party. Prince Nasir decides to invest $75 million in his company as a form of compensation. Slowly and steadily Woodman becomes his economic advisor. A Pakistani worker gets laid off from an oil company. He gets brainwashed by Islamic Jehads into becoming a terrorist and leads a terrorist attack. The story is like a huge jigsaw puzzle with all four story parts strewn across the entire movie. You need to be at peace, need a fresh mind and subtitles to make head or tail of this movie

Rating: 7.5/10
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