The war on terror becomes personal for a CIA agent (George Clooney), while a proposed merger between oil companies leads to political intrigue.
" Its dark, dog-eat-dog vision of the world we live in may give you geopolitical nightmares. "
" Syriana is a fascinating movie -- and a substantive and thought-provoking one -- but it does not necessarily attain greatness. "
" As he did in Traffic, Gaghan intertwines his disparate subplots with impeccable pacing -- his screenplay is a model of how to arrange scenes so that each one ends leaving you wanting to know more. "
" Syriana impresses, not because it is very moving, which it isn't, or because it is crystal clear, which it also isn't, but because it is so large, so encompassing, so seemingly privy to inside stuff. "
" A purposely jagged and harsh news story of a film, Syriana attempts to take on the powers that run the world and for the most part it succeeds. "
" Syriana is complex, engrossing, involving and depressing. Difficult to absorb, it is also difficult to accept, and it is one of the best films of 2005. "
" [Syriana] has what lots of great thrillers have, a sense that it knows things we don't, that even the most skeptical of us may be a little naive about the ways of the world. "
" This is intelligent, committed, and politically provocative, though its narrative puzzle box may prompt you to throw up your hands and let ExxonMobil go on running the world. "
" Evidently, such matters of thematic coherence, so well explored by Gaghan in Traffic, were not as important to him this time around, and it's a mistake. "
" Syriana is an endlessly fascinating movie about oil and money, America and China, traders and spies, the Gulf States and Texas, reform and revenge, bribery and betrayal. "
" Syriana is an ambitious edifice, built with conviction and skill. But I'm not sure I understand it, and I'm not sure I care. "
" It forces you to intently watch and listen and ask questions, something that in the past six years has been skillfully portrayed as an unpatriotic response to an increasingly complex international scenario. "
" It's entirely possible that Gaghan just isn't an actor's director. "
" Watch closely and listen carefully during Syriana because Stephen Gaghan's movie is that rarity: a thinking person's drama. "
" Your enjoyment of this movie will be in direct proportion to your patience. If you can stand not knowing everything right now and wait for the story's threads to weave into a rug, Syriana makes for an engaging time. "
" Syriana coolly dissects a system of duplicity, chicanery and corruption that has been in play for several decades now, and examines the consequences that it has borne. "
" It's hard to get passionately swept away by a movie when you're struggling continually to figure out who's doing what to whom and why. "
" Untangle the Gordian knot at the heart of Syriana and you find a riveting drama of succession. "
" Intelligent, political, incensed, timely, and appropriately cynical. "
" Mr. Gaghan doesn't insult our intelligence, but he demands our attention. If you're up to those demands, you'll be rewarded. "
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