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Syriana - Journal of Omnifarious

Mar. 11th, 2006

08:45 am - Syriana

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I went to see "Syriana" last night with rainonthewind and a friend of ours named Pete. It was an excellent movie. The director of "Traffic" has done it again.

It was a gritty look at a fictional oil industry and middle east. Like "Traffic", it is likely closer to the truth than not. The filming style and script make it hard to remember that the film is fiction. The plot is complex and not fully resolved. The characters motivations and actions are believable.

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From:1redone
Date:March 12th, 2006 12:26 am (UTC)
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I haven't been keeping up with what's playing at the movies so I appreciate the info. Tell me a little about it if you feel like it. Does it talk about how we are at our peak level of oil supply?
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From:omnifarious
Date:March 12th, 2006 02:04 am (UTC)
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It might mention it in passing, but it's not really that kind of movie. It's not preachy. It just follows a few involved people through their lives in an almost documentary style.

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From:bansheewail
Date:March 13th, 2006 12:57 am (UTC)
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Technically, this was not the director of Traffic but the screenwriter, Stephen Gaghan. I am a huge admirer of his work. Just this week I managed to show Abandon to Ed...Abandon is one of the best screenplays I have ever seen produced, and it was Gaghan's first directorial turn. He also wrote or co-wrote Havoc and the Alamo.
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From:omnifarious
Date:March 13th, 2006 01:43 am (UTC)
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His genius in both Traffic and Syriana is that he just shows you a set of people who are part of a much larger system that none of them fully see. And he shows you their roles in that system and why they make the choices they do. And all the people make very human choices.

He strives to make no obvious judgements. He doesn't shove an agenda down your throat. It just illustrates something with some very spare, well-placed brush strokes.

If you would like to see Syriana, and haven't yet, I would love to see that movie with you. It's worth another viewing.

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From:jetsnail
Date:March 24th, 2006 05:25 pm (UTC)

Great!

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Yes, it is a great movie! All my friends who saw it thinks the same! IMHO, it is about the System that was started and can't be stopped even if you do all you can. The Babylon System rasta men fights with for a long time...
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