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Syriana (Widescreen Edition)
Widescreen Edition
Actors: George Clooney, Matt Damon, Amanda Peet, Kayvan Novak, Amr Waked
Director: Stephen Gaghan
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
R     2006     2hr 8min

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 ...  more »

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Actors: George Clooney, Matt Damon, Amanda Peet, Kayvan Novak, Amr Waked
Director: Stephen Gaghan
Creators: George Clooney, Stephen Gaghan, Ben Cosgrove, Elizabeth Kirkscey, Georgia Kacandes, Jeff Skoll, Robert Baer
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: George Clooney, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Warner Home Video
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Dubbed,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 06/20/2006
Original Release Date: 12/09/2005
Theatrical Release Date: 12/09/2005
Release Year: 2006
Run Time: 2hr 8min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 43
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: Arabic, English, French, Persian, Urdu
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French

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Anick L. from COLUMBIA, SC
Reviewed on 7/5/2009...
I had great trouble following the plot. In the end I was not sure what role each person had. It reminded me of Babel, but very hard to follow. I was overall disappointed.
5 of 7 member(s) found this review helpful.

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Syriana (Full Screen Edition)
Arnita D. Brown | USA | 03/10/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The CIA agent Bob Barnes with great experience in Middle East that falls in disgrace after an unsuccessful mission dealing missiles in Lebanese Republic; the investigation of the attorney Bennett Holiday related to the merge of two American oil companies, Connex and Killen the traumatic association of the energy analyst Bryan Woodman with the son of a powerful emir of Emirate, and the social drama of the Pakistani immigrant worker Wasim Khan that is fired by the oil company. This movie does an excellent job of illustrating just how politics and big business conspire to preserve the status quo which also protects their power and profits. This movie is a must see. A well researched story with excellent actors for the numerous roles."
Measuring the interconnected web
technoguy | Rugby | 06/20/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Stephen Gaghan wrote and directed this film,using Bob Baeur's book ,See No Evil,(based on his time as a CIA agent) as a leaping off point.The screenplay is what drew the cast of major actors.Gaghan wrote the script for Traffic. It's a densely plotted,highly-wrought work,sometimes obscure,drip-feeding you vast amounts ofinformation, in a series of short 1-1.5 minute scenes and a large cast of characters, simultantaneously,all over the world.Sometimes it's hard to glean what is being said and who is saying it and why they are saying it.I resented this obstacle to understanding, and you need to watch the film very closely.The thesis of Syriana is the system is wrong,people, governments,individuals are caught up in it.Big Business,corporations run the show.The rat race for control of Persian Gulf oil by whatever means necessary determines who dominates the world. Government is controlled by underlying forces.Only repeated viewing uncovers how 5 different narrative strands come together in this intricate tale of corruption,greed and power.The minor roles are all excellent too.

George Clooney plays Bob Barnes as a fallen from grace CIA operative,overweight and bearded.He is the emotional heart and provides the momentum of the story.He is asked to stay `on message',is coming to the end of his active career and to get a desk job is being asked to go to Beirut and assassinate Prince Nasir.He is being cut loose. Jeffrey Wright plays Bennett Holiday,a lawyer investigating the merger of Connex and Killeen,'fixing' problems. This is a central role.Matt Damon plays an ambitious energy analyst,who through a personal tragedy becomes a financial consultant to Prince Nasir,assisting his revolutionary views for changes in the Arab world. Wassim(Munhir)a poor immigrant Pakistani worker,shows the Islamicisation of displaced youth,calling for the ultimate sacrifice.The Prince is involved with the Chinese and this sets off scenes of torture,murder, corruption, suicide, kidnap, betrayal.'Syriana' is the name given to an Americanised Middle East,manufacturing consent of the people and world powers to make life easier for elites.Possibly there is an element of conspiracy theories at work but the film is an eye-opener to many actualities and realities,forces at work in the world that ultimately warp and distort democracies of the free world.

This is a multi-perspectival ,multiplotted film of 87-90 scenes of various characters in the west and the Middle East,whose subject is oil and Big Business's desire to get its hands on this rapidly diminishing resource,the shadey deals,the mergers of oil companies,involving torture,the CIA,murder,extremes of poverty,spies,Islamist radicalization,corruption,immigrant labourers,Emirs,Princes,industrialists,politicos.The film is shot without any flourishes, on hand-held cameras and influences the energy with which such a vast subject is tackled.It's not a total success as it takes a gathering momentum of small scenes by ¾ of the film before you understand,but it's a significant film, which earned Clooney the best supporting actor Oscar.It contains elements of a thriller, but has no big action scenarios.The film challenges the audience to come to their own conclusions of what is going on.With climate change, issues of oil pollution and dwindling resources,this is no small feat in mainstream film.