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What We're Watching: Syriana

Posted on Wednesday, September 6th, 2006. Last Updated on Wednesday, September 6th, 2006 3:15 PM by Scott Jentsch

Syriana Movie PosterSyriana created a lot of buzz last year, and garnered an Oscar win for George Clooney as Best Supporting Actor and a nomination for Original Screenplay. Awards and nominations from other circles also recognized the movie for its subject matter, style, and the performances by the cast.

I find it very difficult to review such a movie after having seen it only once, as I think it deserves multiple viewings to truly understand and appreciate.

Our dependence upon oil has far-reaching implications, and Syriana shows us a brief glimpse of what those implications might be. Watching it might just make you think twice before buying that next sub-20mpg vehicle, or running an errand that could just as easily wait until you can combine it with another to save gas. It doesn't have to make this point like an in-your-face documentary by a certain well-known and flamboyant director would. Anyone paying attention during this movie can reach their own conclusions.

Just the fact that it gets you thinking merits a recommendation all by itself, and the performances by an ensemble of worthy actors seals the deal.

You can read my review and those of others on the Reviews page for the movie at the Read link below.



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