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Title:   Syriana
Director:   Stephen Gaghan
Year:   2005
Genre:   Political Suspense
Times Seen:   1
Last Seen:   12.15.05

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12.15.05Cinemark Pflugerville Hey this was based on a book that I've had on my bookshelf for a few years and never got around to reading! And to think, I could have been all prepared and ready to judge the movie against the book but oh well... This was like the unofficial sequel to Traffic: harder to follow, more controversial, and ultimately not as good. Doesn't mean it's bad per se, just not as good as Traffic. I think Traffic worked because in addition to feeling the broad spectrum of an issue, you also became personally invested in the characters. Here, you get such small glimpses and are so consumed in trying to follow the plot (at least on first viewing) that you never really get to feel like you know these guys and therefore you don't really care about them. Not to say they're unlikable or anything like that, I just didn't get to see enough of them. Oh well, it's like a cake that doesn't quite rise. Still cake, but there is better cake out there.
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