Powerful. Thought-provoking. Serious. Deep. That’s how I describe Syriana. It’s heavy, too, and you have to totally pay attention to keep track of everything that goes on. But it’s a really good movie. Not for everyone, but I think you’ll hear this title come up quite a bit come awards time. already it’s gotten a bunch of Golden Globe nominations – including one for George Clooney as supporting actor – and he’s brilliant in the part. Matt Damon and Amanda Peet are great, too. Worth seeing. Not for kids.
The Middle Eastern oil industry is the backdrop of this tense drama, which weaves together numerous story lines. Bennett Holiday is an American lawyer in charge of facilitating a dubious merger of oil companies, while Bryan Woodman, a Switzerland-based energy analyst, experiences both personal tragedy and opportunity during a visit with Arabian royalty. Meanwhile, veteran CIA agent Bob Barnes uncovers an assassination plot with unsettling origins.