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The Manchurian Candidate (2004)

Written By Awir Aditya on Saturday, April 3, 2010 | 9:14 AM


Genre: Drama/Thriller/Mystery/Science-fiction

Starring: Denzel Washington, Liev Schreiber, Meryl Streep, Kimberly Elise

A remake of the 1962 super-hit with the same name, The Manchurian Candidate retells the story of a 1991 Gulf War hero, Sergeant Raymond Shaw (Schreiber) and his troop leader Captain Ben Marco (Washington). More than a decade after the war, Captain Marco is approached by a former colleague who complained of hallucinations, bad dreams and flashbacks of the war. After ignoring him at first, Ben realises that he too has the same symptoms and starts investigating deeper. Captain Marco's investigation reveals that the entire troop was brainwashed and was made to believe a story that never too place. Sergeant Shaw, who was conferred the Medal of Honour for his courageous act during the war, is now running for the post of Vice President of the United States. Raymond hails from a prestigious family who have always been into politics and his mother Eleanor (Streep) is always calling the shots on his behalf. Ben approaches Raymond for help but Raymond doesn't give in to his story as easily. Ben looks like a mentally unstable man to society who is adamant on convincing everyone that there is nothing wrong with him. I haven't seen the original movie and hence a comparison at this point cannot take place. The movie in itself does a good job which was backed by an amazing performance by Denzel Washington. The movie did go a little damp somewhere around the half-way mark but it picked up the pace to deliver an astounding climax which is even more thrilling for someone who hasn't seen the original movie.

Thumbs up: Climax, Denzel Washington
Thumbs down: Weak and slow at some points

Rating: 7.8/10
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