Syriana is a thinky film. Don’t go expecting to switch off your brain and relax in senseless, random violence for an hour or two, or to be spoonfed expository dialogue every fifteen seconds.

In fact, don’t go expecting to understand a word of it. It feels like they took a four-hour film and cut out all the explanation.

Well, obviously the general plot threads are easy to spot. But they stay resolutely apart: one subplot, showing how easily disaffected youths can be turned to terrorism, barely touches the rest of the film.

I suspect this is a slow burner, like The Shawshank Redemption.

Avaragado’s rating: six dates


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