"Syriana" (2005)

Royersford, PA

#1 Oct 17, 2008
I just watched Syriana again - very comforting. You know, it's difficult to always live determinedly like you TOTALLY understand how to live life like the 1961 sci-fi "Barbarella" (Jane Fonda).

Damon has come a long way, thanks to the critical reception of his work with Ben Affleck in "Good Will Hunting" (1997). If not for some poor career decisions on the part of Affleck (I see no problem though), Damon might be higher up on the food chain.

"Syriana" is about the oil industry and to a lesser degree, China's growing competitive edge in this industry. Stephen Gaghan is a tough director, having made films such as "Traffic" (2000). He is an open-minded liberal, and his audience is invited to question the democratic intentions of democratic and non-democratic countries.

The writing is good and the acting is good in "Syriana." One of the most interesting plot developments, if you care to follow, is Prince Nasir's willingness to explore alternative/renewable energy source research (since fossil fuels and oil dependancy is not sustainable in the long term).

While this movie is not as casual as a sitting of a rerun of "Hawaii Five-O," and it does not lack the dialogue lightheartedness of "Good Will Hunting," you will appreciate Damon's diligence (in terms of acting) and the overall impression you get of the tough decisions and integrity of all sides of the oil industry (in terms of storyline).

Royersford, PA

#2 Oct 17, 2008
Pardon my French, sirs.

"Barbarella" (Jane Fonda) is a 1968 sci-fi classic.

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